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Re: RFC: Separate commit identification from Merkle hashing




Hi,

Jakub Narebski wrote:

> I think Documentation/technical/hash-function-transition.txt misses
> considerations for fast-import format (it talks about problem with
> submodules, shallow clones, and currently not solved problem of
> translating notes; it does not talk about git-replace, either).

Hm, can you say more?  I think fast-import is not significantly
different from other tools that want to pick an appropriate object
format for input and an appropriate object format for output.

Do you mean that the fast-import file should have a field for
explicitly specifying the input object format, and that that doc
ought to call it out?

[...]
> For security, all references in Merkle-tree of hashes must use strong
> verification hash.  This means that you need to be able to refer to any
> object, including commit, by its verification hash name of its
> verification hash form (where all references inside object, like
> "parent" and "tree" headers in commit objects, use verification hashes).

This kind of crypto agility weakens any guarantees that rely on
strength of a hash function.  The security level would be that of the
weakest of the supported hash functions.

In other words, usually the benefit of supporting multiple hash
functions as a reader is that you want the strength of the strongest
of those hash functions and you need a migration path to get there.
If you don't have a way to eventually drop support for the weaker
hashes, then what benefit do you get from supporting multiple hash
functions?

Jonathan