Re: PREVIEW: bsign embeds hash and/or digital signature in ELF files
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> On Mon, Dec 14, 1998 at 12:40:46AM +0100, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > This sounds like a very usefull tool which can be used as an alternative
> > to tripwire.
> Erm, if someone has access to change the binarys then it is no problem
> to also change the signature in said binarys..
OK, What am I missing here... To me, the above sentence is nonsense.
I see the situation as analogous to virtually any digital signature
situation: email, Debian packages, etc. In order for someone to
modify the signed element surrupticiously, they would have to have
write access to the object being signed, and access to the private key
of the signatory.
If this isn't the case, then signed email is worthless, since many
people can (and to a limited extent, do) write to and modify the
message in transit.
So if I have a binary with an embedded signature on my machine, and Mr.
Black Hat gets full write access to it, he can a) get caught, b) resign
it himself, or c) discover that the system is really security weak by
finding the appropriate private keys available on the system.
Since -several- people have said that tripwire is superior because it
has detached certificates which can be stored offline, I must be
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