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Old 03-22-2005, 09:44 AM   #1
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Unsafe Download Sources?

I am pretty new to Linux and one thing that I am still unsure about is, say you go to download software, and the link is not on the makers site but it is a mirror or something, say the file that you download - as it is not directly from the makers site has been tampered with - it may conatin a virus or something like that, is there a way to check the integrity of the file?
Maybe I am thinking too much in a windows way, but with windows I would have never downloded something from an unkown dource, yet most linux software seems to be on an unkown source, are these mirrors controlled by the software makers?


Excuse the paranioa! But I am an Ex-Windows user, slowly recovering though.....
Old 03-22-2005, 09:50 AM   #2
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Most software publishers will provide a GPG signature, MD5 checksum, or some other verification mechanism that you can use to verify that it matches the original source on the primary site.
Old 03-22-2005, 09:52 AM   #3
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Ah, I see, is there software I could get that would do that sort fo job, or is it quite easy to do? Im just really starting out, would be good to have an easy way to do it. Thanks
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A graeat question and a good answer. I think it is the question of the day.

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For gpg signatures use gnupg - Read more about it by typing man gnupg
For md5 signatures - type md5sum filename, it would output md5sum of file, compare it with official md5sum


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