security of the universe repository

Tom H tomh0665 at
Tue Dec 18 12:45:36 UTC 2012

On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 12:57 AM, Chandra Amarasingham
<camarasingham at> wrote:
> I am wondering if there is an "official" word on the security of the
> universe repository compared to the Main repository. By security I mean free
> from malicious code.
> I don't think there are anti-virus programs in the Main repository, but I
> think clam anti-virus is in the universe repository.....but that means I am
> not able to be confident that the clam anti-virus itself does have malicious
> aspects (eg. from other sources...).
> I thought it would be nice to have some scanning software in the main
> repository which can be used to scan software from other repositories which
> don't enjoy the same level of confidence.

Why would the universe/multiverse repositories be insecure? They're
packages rebuilt from Debian just like those in main/restricted.

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