“Should I pipe it?”

So, fellow developers, you know how we’re all told not to pipe installation scripts into our shells and yet we all do it anyway? I just rolled a little something that might help with that…

Here’s an example of the nvm install script, verified by yours truly:

should-i-pipe.it/https://raw.g

What do you think?

Anyone with a GitHub account can help verify installation scripts (would be good to have two more for nvm).

Instructions: github.com/small-tech/should-i

Thoughts? :)

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One thought on the security: Do you fake a real client?

- Use a curl/wget User-Agent
- Use changing (unpredictable) dial-up IPs and no data center / proxy / tor IPs.

Otherwise I could serve the site a harmless script and send the users an evil script.

An even better option could be to check the script and then offer a button to download the checked script. This would mitigate the problem and even in the case of an attacker who serves different scripts, the user gets the harmless one.

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