l i n u x - u s e r s - g r o u p - o f - d a v i s
L U G O D
 
Next Meeting:
September 15: Scratch: programming for children and other not-yet-programmers
Next Installfest:
TBD
Latest News:
Aug. 18: Discounts to "Velocity" in NY; come to tonight's "Photography" talk
Page last updated:
2002 May 16 00:14

The following is an archive of a post made to our 'vox mailing list' by one of its subscribers.

Report this post as spam:

(Enter your email address)
Re: [vox] MD5 Checksums and Public Downloading
[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [vox] MD5 Checksums and Public Downloading



On Thu, May 16, 2002 at 12:11:35AM -0700, Micah Cowan wrote:
> Can somebody explain to me what the point is for generating checksums
> for verifying downloaded files?  If the primary purpose is security,
> what is to prevent a malicious person, either "man-in-the-middle" or
> someone who tampered with a repository, from generating a new MD5 sum
> for you to verify?  What exactly does the checksum prevent?

Good point.

Of course, if the MD5 data is on server B, while the downloads are on
server A, it's that much less likely that BOTH will have been altered.

-bill!
_______________________________________________
vox mailing list
vox@lists.lugod.org
http://lists.lugod.org/mailman/listinfo/vox



LinkedIn
LUGOD Group on LinkedIn
Sign up for LUGOD event announcements
Your email address:
facebook
LUGOD Group on Facebook
'Like' LUGOD on Facebook:

Hosting provided by:
Sunset Systems
Sunset Systems offers preconfigured Linux systems, remote system administration and custom software development.

LUGOD: Linux Users' Group of Davis
PO Box 2082, Davis, CA 95617
Contact Us

LUGOD is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization
based in Davis, California
and serving the Sacramento area.
"Linux" is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Sponsored in part by:
EDGE Tech Corp.
For donating some give-aways for our meetings.