[cryptography] kernel.org hack and kernel integrity
noloader at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 22:19:50 EDT 2011
Am I the only guy who finds the kernel integrity assurances suspect :
However, it's also useful to note that the potential damage of cracking
kernel.org is far less than typical software repositories. That's because
kernel development takes place using the git distributed revision control
system, designed by Linus Torvalds. For each of the nearly 40,000 files
in the Linux kernel, a cryptographically secure SHA-1 hash is calculated
to uniquely define the exact contents of that file.
I did see the claims that git had security related design goals
(wikipedia). Unfortunately, the wikipedia reference points to a
Torvalds talk at Google where he claims "security is distributed. and
I trust 5, 10, 0r 15 developers [sic]"  (among his other ramblings
and bashings). So its not clear to me how Torvalds trust a few people,
therefore integrity is assured. And naively, I would also expect that
the ability to do things like "tweak dates on commits" would help hide
malicious behavior .
Could anyone explain git's security assurances to a non-git layman?
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XpnKHJAok8, 27:43
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