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#1 2022-05-02 22:13:40

Rommy
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Use signify for package signature

Since there are issues with PGP [0] and e.g. Debian[1] has decided to change to signify (ed25519 + sha512) package signatures, I have not found anything regarding archlinux.
Are there plans to transition?

[0] https://latacora.micro.blog/2019/07/16/ … oblem.html
[1] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Apt/Spec/AptSign

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#2 2022-05-02 22:26:12

2ManyDogs
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Re: Use signify for package signature

Not an upgrade issue, moving to Arch Discussion.


How to post. A sincere effort to use modest and proper language and grammar is a sign of respect toward the community.

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#3 2022-05-03 02:07:44

mpan
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Re: Use signify for package signature

There was an attempt to add asignify to pacman this year.


Sometimes I seem a bit harsh — don’t get offended too easily! PGP: 7C848198AE93D3BB

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#4 2022-05-03 04:16:47

Allan
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Re: Use signify for package signature

There are a couple of issues...

1) pacman support:   As linked above, there was patches for asignify earlier this year.  There is a choice between signify (BSD), asignify (no-one?), age (no-one?) and whatever Debian is doing (not signify as defined by BSD).  I could not justify including asignify into pacman.  I may consider the BSD signify approach, but there is not a good library to link that in AFAIK.

2) Arch packaging.  Arch uses the GPG web of trust to manage its valid keys as all developers/TUs can sign packagers.  Debian does not, instead having a single signing key.  The web-of-trust means you trust the Arch master keys and the trust of packagers follows.  Arch would need to change how it works in packaging to adopt some signify variant.

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#5 2022-05-03 17:17:59

Rommy
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Re: Use signify for package signature

Thank you both for your response!
Age can only be used to encrypt/decrypt files and not to sign them (correct me if I am wrong).
I would also prefer signify (BSD), not having a good library (I did not know that) and changing the key-distribution mechanism are huge steps.

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