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Re: Should not .torrent files be listed in SHA512SUMS et.al. ?

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 02:48:49PM +0000, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 03:41:14PM +0100, Thomas Schmitt wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >after having looked at
> >  https://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/amd64/bt-dvd/
> >i wonder whether the .torrent files are sufficently signed on their own.
> >At least they are not listed in the *SUMS files.
> >
> >Is this a similar security problem as with the .jigdo files ?
> >
> >(I have no clue of BitTorrent. So a simple "Don't worry" would be enough.)
> As I understand it, BitTorrent works differently so it's not an
> issue. People don't grab the .torrent files directly from our http(s)
> sites, but instead using the torrent tracker itself.

That really depends on the torrent tracker. Some allow you to enter the
URL to the .torrent file in the tracker, some allow you to enter a
magnet URL, some allow you to download the .torrent file and then run
the tracker on the file, and some (most) allow any of the above.

Since almost none actually allow you to verify a signature on the
.torrent file, and since I think that's kindof a good idea, I think you
should do so :-)

Could you people please use IRC like normal people?!?

  -- Amaya Rodrigo Sastre, trying to quiet down the buzz in the DebConf 2008

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