[pkg-golang-devel] [pkg-go] Security support for packages written in Go

Michael Hudson-Doyle michael.hudson at canonical.com
Wed Apr 13 09:05:51 UTC 2016

On 13 April 2016 at 17:07, Tianon Gravi <admwiggin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 12 April 2016 at 21:39, Michael Hudson-Doyle
> <michael.hudson at canonical.com> wrote:
>> We could do it without 1) and the consequent re-uploading of every go
>> library by using dpkg-query --search a lot, which would be slow I
>> guess, but maybe could be done as a fallback?
> I still asking dpkg about file/directory package ownership should be
> our primary means of generating this field -- the metadata that dpkg
> itself tracks about "which package provided
> /usr/share/gocode/src/abc/xyz which I just compiled against" will
> always be correct (due to the fact that it really is the single proper
> source of truth for such information), where some arbitrary metadata
> we add not only clutters up the package metadata as has been
> discussed, but much more importantly will have a tendency to "drift"
> from the truth, which is something that IMO we shouldn't tolerate for
> a field whose primary purpose is knowing when it's necessary to
> rebuild, especially for security fixes.  Even for really large
> packages like Docker (to choose an example that I know off the top of
> my head is reasonably hefty WRT deps) we're only talking about maybe
> ~200 of these queries at the outside end, and only at build-time, and
> only once per build, which IMO is in the realm of reasonable to avoid
> yet again uploading a minor fix to every package (moving the metadata
> over to the binary packages when we still haven't added the existing
> source package metadata to all of them yet) with information that will
> have a potential for drifting from the truth or for being too limited
> (single package providing multiple namespaces after a repo move, for
> example).

Yes, all that seems fair. Something like this?
http://paste.ubuntu.com/15806327/ -- it's pretty terrible perl, but
it's actually arguably simpler than what dh_golang does already!


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