Re: no-strong-digests-in-dsc MBF
> I want to do a MBF for all packages without a SHA256 checksum field
> in the .dsc  - only SHA1 as hash would not be good in stretch.
I missed two details here:
* why is this worth going at all
* why is this important enough for the bugs to be release-critical (which
means, after all: either drop the package or delay the release).
The hashes inside the .dsc file are not used in Debian once the package has
been accepted by dak.
* The trustable way of getting the source package is with apt-get source,
when apt verifies the Release signature → hashes → Sources → hashes for each
part of the source package: dsc, orig.tar.gz, diff.gz/diff.tar.xz
* The not-really-trustable way of getting the source package is with "dget
http://.../package.dsc". Using the dsc directly, dget will check the
signature on the dsc and check the hashes. However, the signature can be
from a weak key, an expired key, a key you've never heard of (sponsored
upload) or a key from a ex-DD that is no longer in the keyring. Basically,
there are so many ways that signature verification on the dsc can go wrong
that it's not useful except for packages that have only just been uploaded.
If you can't trust the .dsc because you can't check its signature, then
there's little point in worrying about weak vs strong hashes inside the
Given the hashes aren't used within Debian and can't be used reliably by
external parties either, it doesn't feel like a good use of anyone's time.
(I agree with you that this test is potentially a good way of finding MIA
maintainers and undermaintained packages -- just reuploading packages to get
stronger hashes and doing nothing to actually improve the package actually
works against this goal. It will remove the package from this list and makie
it look like the the package has been uploaded with some maintenance, while
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