cswiger at mac.com
Tue Jan 25 11:48:41 PST 2005
Hanspeter Roth wrote:
> how secure is Bittorrent?
It's not secure.
> How can one know how trustworthy the stuff
> downloaded from other Bittorrent fellows is?
You need to have an external source of information which specifies a checksum
or MD5 hash to confirm that the file has not been tampered with. If you trust
the Torrent tracker file, then BitTorrent has this part built-in. Otherwise,
you would use something like the distinfo files in /usr/ports to help confirm
the validity of files.
On the other hand, Torrent doesn't do any worse than FTP or HTTP.
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