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Bug#863868: marked as done (USB Memory Stick: Issues with win32diskimager)

Your message dated Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:20:21 +0000
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and subject line Bug#863868: fixed in installation-guide 20180923
has caused the Debian Bug report #863868,
regarding USB Memory Stick: Issues with win32diskimager
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Package: installation-guide
Severity: important
Tags: security

The online installation guide for Debian Stable at https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch04s03.html.en recommends the use of the win32diskimager utility for writing images to USB in section "4.3.1. Preparing a USB stick using a hybrid CD or DVD image". This software currently has issues, might compromise the security of Debian users and probably should not be recommended by Debian:

1) User comments on the main page https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/ report that the current version 1.0.0 contains malware, or tries to install crapware as part of the installation process. (If possible this should be investigated and if indeed the project is compromised, Debian users should be notified.)

2) Some user comments also state the tool does not work on Windows 10 while others claim it does. I installed this on a Windows 10 system and the software turned out not to function properly, indicating that 1) might also be the case, and of course majorly impacting Debian installation experience. Details below.

Navigate to Files->Archive and click on win32diskimager-1.0.0-install.exe. On the following page download starts automatically. Install the tool, run it and provide administrator credentials. Try to select the file to write: the opened file browser does not display almost any directories, and when an .img file is copied to the directories available, it does not show up in the file browser.

I suggest to replace the recommended tool for the time being and to investigate the trustworthiness of the utility.

Download Win32 Disk Imager for free. A Windows tool for writing images to USB sticks or SD/CF cards . This program is designed to write a raw disk image to a removable device or backup a removable device to a raw image file. It is very useful for embedded development, namely Arm development projects (Android, Ubuntu on Arm, etc).

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Source: installation-guide
Source-Version: 20180923

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
installation-guide, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive.

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 863868@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Samuel Thibault <sthibault@debian.org> (supplier of updated installation-guide package)

(This message was generated automatically at their request; if you
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Format: 1.8
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:23:34 +0200
Source: installation-guide
Binary: installation-guide-amd64 installation-guide-arm64 installation-guide-armel installation-guide-armhf installation-guide-i386 installation-guide-mips installation-guide-mips64el installation-guide-mipsel installation-guide-ppc64el installation-guide-s390x
Architecture: source all
Version: 20180923
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Debian Install System Team <debian-boot@lists.debian.org>
Changed-By: Samuel Thibault <sthibault@debian.org>
 installation-guide-amd64 - Debian installation guide for amd64
 installation-guide-arm64 - Debian installation guide for arm64
 installation-guide-armel - Debian installation guide for armel
 installation-guide-armhf - Debian installation guide for armhf
 installation-guide-i386 - Debian installation guide for i386
 installation-guide-mips - Debian installation guide for mips
 installation-guide-mips64el - Debian installation guide for mips64el
 installation-guide-mipsel - Debian installation guide for mipsel
 installation-guide-ppc64el - Debian installation guide for powerpc
 installation-guide-s390x - Debian installation guide for s390x
Closes: 615646 756859 759428 776313 784206 863868 864037 864039 898665
 installation-guide (20180923) unstable; urgency=medium
   [ Samuel Thibault ]
   * rules: Fix release name.
   [ Holger Wansing ]
   * Update remaining Alioth references to dillon. Closes: #898665
   * Overhaul of 'Baking your own kernel' chapter. Closes: #784206
   * Creating bootable usb devices: link to Debian CD FAQ, on how to achieve
     this on other OS'es. Closes: #863868
   * Remove references to non-US (no longer existing for ages). Closes: #759428
   * Document how to install additional packages afterwards. Closes: #615646
   * Improve/update documentation regarding booting from USB storage.
     Closes: #756859
   * Add a warning about the use of LVM partition types. Closes: #776313
   * Reorganize chapter about "Further reading" and merge with "New to Unix"
     chapter. Closes: #864037
   * Update of "What is Debian" chapter. Closes: #864039
   [ Frans Spiesschaert ]
   * Dutch translation update
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