One can, depending on the level of paranoia or risk management:

Use a proxy for accessing git repos with packages. For GitHub it presents a 
problem - because github is essential an arbitrary file upload service and 
without terminating SSL one cannot create good enough proxy rules around it.

What we do is we create a mirror of GitHub repositories that copy only white 
listed parts. This is beyond the package manager project.

I really like the idea of being able to bundle - cap - unbundle package and I 
think it should be supported. With possibly a configuration file to tell 
"bundle these packages" only.

> On 19 Sep 2016, at 18:27, Robin Sommer <ro...@icir.org> wrote:
> 
> At BroCon several people pointed out a need to install Bro packages on
> machines that do not have a direct external connection. One idea would
> be some kind of proxy scheme where an intermediary git repository
> mirrors packages locally; bro-pkg would then pull from there. However,
> I don't think any of us really liked that idea much. After a few
> rounds of discussions, Seth and I came up with a different idea that
> seems easier to manage: extending bro-pkg to bundle packages into
> deployment files that can be easily pushed to Bro systems simply by
> copying them over. 
> 
> I’ve tried to flesh this out a bit more, and would be interested to
> hear what you all think about this approach. And @Jon: Do you think
> this would be doable that way?
> 
> Here’s the idea:
> 
> 1. Generally, one first uses bro-pkg as usual to install packages onto
>   a local Bro system that does have external Internet connectivity
>   (this could be just a dummy Bro installation). One installs new
>   packages there, updates existing ones, etc., until reaching a state
>   that one wants to push out to the actual Bro system.
> 
> 2. We add a new “bundle” command to bro-pkg that serializes the
>   current state of packages into a single file on disk, a “package
>   bundle”. The bundle contains the complete content of all currently
>   installed packages, using some kind of suitable container format
>   (could be just a ZIP file, or whatever works; the internal
>   representation doesn’t really matter).
> 
> 3. Users create such a bundle on the local system and then simply copy
>   that bundle file over to all target Bro machines that do not have a
>   external connectivity themselves, using whatever mechanism they
>   have available (e.g., just scp; or maybe through some configuration
>   management system like Ansible etc.).
> 
> 4. On the target machine, one runs a corresponding “bro-pkg unbundle”
>   command on that bundle file. That command will completely replace
>   the system’s current set of packages with the bundle’s content. As
>   a result, that machine will now have exactly the same packages
>   installed as the original system.
> 
> This would be the general scheme. A couple of people I talked to at
> BroCon confirmed that this would offer a viable solution for them, and
> that they would indeed much prefer copying files around over
> maintaining local git mirrors.
> 
> Some additional thoughts on variations/extensions of this basic scheme:
> 
> - I’m not quite sure if the bundle should contain just the packages
>  themselves or further bro-pkg state as well, such as which packages
>  are currently loaded. Right now I’m learning towards saying “just
>  the packages”; that would basically treat bundles just as a
>  transport mechanism to get packages over to another box. The actual
>  Bro machines would still keep control over which packages to
>  actually load, etc.
> 
> - As it is described above, Step 1 would require having a local Bro
>  installation into which packages get installed before they can be
>  bundled up. It would be nice to have a mode where bro-pkg can
>  operate without having a Bro around at all, just downloading
>  packages locally somewhere for bundling them up. I could also see
>  offering an even simpler mode where one simply lists packages to
>  bundle on the command-line: “bro-pkg bundle <pkg1> <pkg2> <pkg3>”.
>  That would be particularly useful with configuration management
>  systems I think.
> 
> - It would be neat if bro-pkg's Python library exposed operations to
>  inspect & retrieve the content of a bundle, such as iterating over
>  the packages inside a bundle and iterating over the files inside a
>  package. That way one could easily build target-side scripts that
>  process and validate bundles before going ahead and installing them
>  (e.g., imposing custom restrictions on what kind of packages one
>  allows to put in place; or ensuring that a bundle always contains a
>  set of packages the site deems mandatory, to avoid configuration
>  mistakes; or even just logging what gets pushed out).
> 
> What do you guys think about this?
> 
> Robin
> 
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