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From Aristedes Maniatis <...@ish.com.au>
Subject Keys, Was: cleanup of /www/www.apache.org/dist/*
Date Sun, 07 Dec 2008 22:51:44 GMT

On 28/11/2008, at 6:42 PM, Henk P. Penning wrote:

>    wouldn't it be nice to have a formal description of the
>    ((sub-)sub-)project structure, sitting in a database,
>    instead of trying to glean this info from '/dist/' ?
>
>    also, the KEYS file setup stinks imho ; for a proposal
>    to improve things, see
>
>      http://people.apache.org/~henkp/trust/


Should the storage of these keys be considered as part of the LDAP  
project underway now? It seems logical to keep identity information  
for each committer in the one place and if that place is going to be  
LDAP... They could still be published automatically to https://apache.org 
... for public consumption.


> The KEYS, .md5, .sig and .asc files are distributed to the mirrors.  
> I think it serves no useful purpose. It would be easy to have them  
> in /dist/ and not distribute  them to the mirrors (exclude them in  
> rsyncd.conf).

I'd go further: it is actually quite detrimental to have these files  
mirrored since there is not the level of control over mirrors that  
there is over apache.org, and if someone wanted to inject fake files  
into a mirror, they also just need to change the MD5, etc files. But  
if the general public were used to finding signatures and hashes at https://apache.org/something

  then they build a level of trust that that location is authentic.

Ari Maniatis


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