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bug#34125: Installation script needs to be secured with a gpg signature

From: Björn Höfling
Subject: bug#34125: Installation script needs to be secured with a gpg signature
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 22:25:47 +0100

On Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:18:09 +0100
Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hi Björn,
> > I was looking at the installation video from Laura (not yet public)
> > and wondered about that:
> >
> > We just download the installation script:
> >
> > $ wget https://.../guix-install.sh
> >
> > Then we go on directly executing that script.
> >
> > Shouldn't that be save-garded by a PGP-signature too?  
> I don’t know.
> > Because if it is not, the user could be tricked into a script that
> > downloads a "bad" Guix installation tarball.  
> To avoid having the user tricked we use HTTPS.  At least the users
> will know that this file comes from the official project website.
> A user who is tricked into downloading a script from a malicious site
> could just as well download a matching signature from somewhere else,
> so the script body itself should be signed.  We can’t sign the whole
> file because the first line must be the shebang — unless we forgo the
> shebang and the “chmod +x” instruction and ask people to execute it
> with “sudo bash guix-install.sh”.  “gpg --clear-sign” adds a block of
> text before and after the file, which would be a syntax error in a
> shell script.
> We are probably stuck with having a separate signature file.  I don’t
> know if it’s worth doing when HTTPS is used to fetch the script from
> an authoritative source.

OK, agreed. Let's close this.


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