[Python-ideas] Using sha512 instead of md5 on python.org/downloads

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Mon Dec 10 20:23:20 EST 2018

On Sun, Dec 9, 2018 at 10:32 PM Ronald Oussoren via Python-ideas <
python-ideas at python.org> wrote:

> BTW. I wonder how many actually verify these checksums,

Hardly anyone -- most of us verify the download by trying to use it :-)

Which doesn't mean that we shouldn't have it -- but it will indeed make
very little difference to the vast majority of users -- and those that do
check it are generally pretty sophisticated -- shouldn't be hard to use a
different hash algorithm. Though people would have to update their
workflows, which could be annoying.



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