On Sat, Jan 03, 2009 at 01:38:25AM +0000, RW wrote: > On Fri, 02 Jan 2009 17:30:12 +0000 > Vincent Hoffman <vi...@unsane.co.uk> wrote: > > Admittedly this doesn't give a file by file checksum > > That's not really a problem, it's no easier to create a collision > in a .gz file than a patch file. > > The more substantial weakness is that the key is verified against a > hash stored on the original installation media. If someone went to the > trouble of diverting dns or routing to create a fake FreeBSD site they > would presumably make it self-consistent down to the ISO checksums.
That's why I suggested that the list of checksums be digitally signed by a private key belonging to The FreeBSD Project. It is assumed that getting the corresponding public key would be possible by other means not susceptible to MITM attacks (e.g. through endless replication all over the net, fingerprint in books etc...). -cpghost. -- Cordula's Web. http://www.cordula.ws/ _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"