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Re: hacked package on server

On Mon, Jul 16, 2007 at 10:30:52AM -0500, Louis Kruger wrote:
> I also have a complaint: the dialog that notifies the user of the failed > MD5 is not well designed. The dialog asks "Do you want to skip the > package?" and has a yes and no button. I read it quickly and pressed no > before thinking about it, the package went ahead and tried to install. I > think there should be a little more effort to restrain the user from > performing a dangerous action such as installing a package with a wrong MD5.

Good point. The message should probably be

Do you want to not skip the package (No/Yes)?


I realize you are joking, but the wording of the message is beside the point. For an ordinary end-user, installing a file with a wrong MD5 is the wrong (and dangerous) thing to do in just about any case I can think of. Therefore it should not be equally easy to select either option.

My opinion is that the setup program should abort immediately on detecting a wrong MD5 with a message that the server may have been compromised. If there is a special case where someone may actually want this, it should be something non-obvious, like a -allow-wrong-md5 flag to the setup program.


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