Please remove MacGPG from due to serious security concerns

Sandeep Murthy s.murthy at
Tue Feb 17 00:16:06 CET 2015


I think this is an exaggeration.  I have been using MacGPG and the
GPG Tools support forum for quite some time, and have brought a
number of issues to their attention, including a couple of security
related ones, like making their key fingerprints more visible.

They do care about security and are very responsive to posts on the
GPG Tools support forum

The GitHub issues page for MacGPG is not the main places where
issues are raised, it’s actually the support forum, where there are
lots of other resources as well.

Sandeep Murthy
s.murthy at

> On 16 Feb 2015, at 21:48, Jonathan Schleifer <js-gnupg-users at> wrote:
> Hi!
> I hereby request that MacGPG gets removed from due to serious security concerns. Basically, the first thing the Makefile in all their repos / tarballs does is this:
>        @bash -c "$$(curl -fsSL"
> So you type make not expecting anything bad (you verified the checksum and everything), but you just executed remote code. Great. And they even hide it from you by prefixing it with @, which is downright evil. So you never notice unless you look at the Makefile. Currently, that script clones another common repo using the unverified git:// protocol (because, why use submodules if you can do it in an insecure way?), but obviously, that can change any minute and could change just for certain IPs etc.
> The developer(s) don't allow any issues on GitHub, so I tried contacting them by other means (e.g. Twitter), only to get ignored. They clearly don't care about security.
> In any case, somebody who does something like this clearly doesn't care about security the least. The potential for backdoors is extremely high and I think nobody should be using any software written by this developer / these developer(s), as they clearly demonstrated that they couldn't care less about your security.
> I don't feel comfortable that the majority of Mac users are using this software which doesn't care for security at all, but is used for extremely security sensitive tasks. I guess this is because recommends it and therefore people think it's safe. I think should do the contrary instead and strongly discourage using it.
> --
> Jonathan
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