Limiting who can create v${NUMBER}.${NUMBER}.${NUMBER} tags in KDE Applications git repos

Rolf Eike Beer kde at
Mon Jun 25 08:56:20 UTC 2018

Ben Cooksley wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 6:57 PM, Rolf Eike Beer
> <kde at> wrote:
>> Am 2018-06-24 22:56, schrieb Albert Astals Cid:
>>> Hi, would anyone be against limiting who can create
>>> i.e. tags that look like our release tags to members of the release 
>>> team
>>> for
>>> the KDE Applications git repositories?
>>> Rationale: Some distros build from git tags so creating a "release 
>>> looking
>>> tag" is for them like "using the release tarball" and we already 
>>> limit who
>>> can
>>> upload release tarballs to the so it would be a 
>>> similar
>>> restriction but for the git side.
>> This sounds sane to me. Simply require those tags to be signed by
>> $key_in_known_good_list.
> Given the recent security issues surrounding interaction with GPG done
> by external programs, I would rather not perform key verification.

Which one do you mean? The EFFfail one, that was about tricking mail 
clients into data exfiltration (which is not relevant here)? The one 
where the embedded filename was not properly sanitized (CVE-2018-12020) 
and every distro should already have a patch deployed? Or the side 
channel attacks to recover the private key that is not on the git 
machine at all?

Sorry, but not doing GnuPG is always the worse option.

Eike (with KGpg bias)

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