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Re: Security Concern: setup.exe signature difficult to verify
- From: Doug Bateman <doug at dougbateman dot net>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 00:11:35 -0700
- Subject: Re: Security Concern: setup.exe signature difficult to verify
- References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>
Greg Chicares Wrote:
> Here's a native msw binary:
Thanks for the response Greg. This still raises 2 concerns:
1) If this method is the official cygwin authenticity verification
procedure, it should be well documented on the website, as the process
2) The gnupg-w32cli-1.4.9.exe itself also isn't signed. So we still
have the bootstrapping problem.
Bottom line, the install procedure is still insecure and vulnerable to
attack until a pervasive authentication mechanism is used (either
signed windows executable or SSL download with a verifiable cert).
With organized and highly sophisticated attackers becoming even more
wide spread (often backed by organized crime or other well funded
agencies), security is important, especially for a project as
prestigious and important as Cygwin.
Of course, I'll mention this to the gnupg.org people too, as they have
the same problem.
Thanks for the response.
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