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You are obviously wrong.

While attacking a single package would be possible, covering any interesting amount of "typo"-space would require registering huge amounts of namespaces.

If package manager developers are smart, the allocation of namespaces is also handled externally and associated with some cost (e. g. domain names).

Therefore these kinds of attacks become impractical.




While a package manager could require something like a domain name to authenticate, its much more common for them to require something with a much lower barrier to entry, like a GitHub account. I don't agree that this design decision means they are 'not smart' (nor do I think having a single namespace is a 'beginner mistake,' but whatever).

Package managers like these approach social networks, which has many advantages but carries the disadvantage of opening users to attacks that resemble social network phishing attacks. We could mitigate this by rolling back to package managers with higher barriers to entry, but I think that is not likely to happen.

You clearly would prefer to use a more adjudicated, managed package manager, with a higher barrier to publish and stronger rules about naming. That's a reasonable thing to want, but it would be better of you if you didn't act like people who want something which conflicts with that goal are stupid.




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