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The Heartbleed exploit (CVE-2014-0160) makes SSL connections using OpenSSL vulnerable to private key leakage.

Does it mean that official update channels in RHEL/CentOS/etc. and Debian/Ubuntu shall be considered compromised?

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Packages and lists in the Debian / Ubuntu repositories are signed by GPG keys. The transport is not secured with SSL (packages are transferred over just over plain ftp or http). I am not that familiar with RHEL / CentOS, but if RPMs are signed too, then the same should apply.

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    RPMs are indeed signed with GPG. – Deer Hunter Apr 8 '14 at 8:22

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