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[liberationtech] secure download tool - doesn't exist?!?

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at
Mon Jul 1 18:18:13 PDT 2013

On 07/01/2013 07:22 PM, Martin Uecker wrote:
> Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at> wrote:
> ...
>> We need a secure downloading tool, we need it to be built into every OS
>> by default and until then, we'll have to rely on tricks to hack it -
>> preloading certs in browsers, having a website to download it from and
>> so on.
> What we need are backwards compatible self-certifying URLs or hyperlinks,
> e.g. something like this:
> <a href="./mysoftware.tgz" hmac="sha1:da19d18ef86f4fb8fe8b61323806ec1764f9bf00">My software</a>
> <a href="./mysoftware.tgz#sha1:da19d18ef86f4fb8fe8b61323806ec1764f9bf00">My software</a>

> And something similar to specify a public key.

Magnet links have a supplement format where you could put the public key.


> This would need to be standardized and supported by all major browsers.
> Martin
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