Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Dec 2009 21:38 UTC, submitted by whorider
Privacy, Security, Encryption This news is already a week old, but it only got submitted to us today, and I didn't notice it all. As it turns out, two malicious software packages had been uploaded to, masquerading as valid .deb packages (a GNOME screensaver and theme, respectively).
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PPA != Repository
by cyberpython on Wed 16th Dec 2009 22:58 UTC
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I think that what Thom means by the term PPA is the distribution's official repositories.
PPA stands for Personal Package Archive and I don't see the reason why someone cannot make available some malicious code (probably hidden inside an otherwise useful application) through their PPA.

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