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[liberationtech] Proposal for more-trustable code from app stores; comments welcome.

Max R.D. Parmer maxp at
Wed Sep 24 21:39:46 PDT 2014

On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 01:25:02PM -0500, Karl Fogel wrote:
> Quick summary is:
>   Today, app stores don't even clearly *distinguish* open-source from
>   closed-source apps, let alone do the builds themselves.
>   It would be great if app stores built open-source apps directly from
>   the public source tree, stating exactly which snapshot was used.  And
>   it would be even better if they did so with deterministic builds --
>   though even just knowing that the app store had done the build
>   themselves (instead of the app's author doing it) would be a huge win,
>   and deterministic builds would be gravy.
> Details in the article.
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Deterministic builds really would be great, this would enable
multi-party verified builds a la gitian but overall, I agree, choosing
one party to trust with the build would be an improvement. It's not
as if the app store proprietor is a neutral party in the transaction,
they could just as well tamper the developer's (possibly untrustworthy)

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