Major Linux RPM problem uncovered

Is this the next SolarWinds?…:

[…] Dmitry Antipov, a Linux developer at CloudLinux, AlmaLinux OS’s parent company, first spotted the problem in March 2021. Antipov found that RPM would work with unauthorized RPM packages. This meant that unsigned packages or packages signed with revoked keys could silently be patched or updated without a word of warning that they might not be kosher.

Why? Because RPM had never properly checked revoked certificate key handling. Specifically, as Linux and lead RPM developer Panu Matilainen explained: “Revocation is one of the many unimplemented things in rpm’s OpenPGP support. In other words, you’re not seeing a bug as such; it’s just not implemented at all, much like expiration is not.”


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