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These are my scripts to support using a caching proxy to build OpenWRT, so you can have reproducable, auditable builds. Note that this does not by itself make the code secure - it just makes it *theoretically possible* for you to perform a security audit on it.

It also saves bandwidth and time - with the mirror, you don't have to wait on 300-odd megs of source code per architecture built (not counting the svn checkout of openwrt itself, too) each time you do a clean build.

With the caching proxy, if you tweak something and then rebuild the firmware, you're building from the same sources you used last time. Note that this is a mixed blessing - your build isn't going to be broken by bugs introduced by upstream developers, but you're also not going to get upstream bugfixes unless you explicitly make an effort to do so.


User 'sudomesh' builds the firmware. User 'sudomirror' maintains the mirror. A third user has root.

There is an http server on localhost, and ~/public_html/ maps to ~username URLs.

~/bin/ is in the default path ahead of systemwide binaries.

You have svnrdump. (If your systemwide version of subversion does not include svnrdump, you can compile a newer version and drop the svnrdump binary in ~sudomirror/bin/ )

To use (from the build proxy directory):

Get the build proxy source (either via git clone, or downloading build-proxy-0.3.1.tar.bz2)

As root, create the users 'sudomesh' and 'sudomirror'.

adduser sudomesh
adduser sudomirror
And set up the firewall rules:

As sudomesh:

mkdir ~/bin
ln -sf sudomesh-bin/* ~/bin/

As sudomirror, configure the mirror:

mkdir ~/bin
ln -sf sudomirror-bin/* ~/bin/

If returns 'command not found', you probably need to log out and log back in to both the sudomesh and sudomirror accounts. If it STILL returns 'command not found' after logging back in, then you'll need to put ~/bin/ in your path in both the sudomesh and sudomirror accounts.

As sudomirror, start the mirror: --allow-write

Only use --allow-write when you actively intend to permit the mirror to be updated. (Necessary on the first build, NOT necessary on subsequent builds.)

As sudomesh, check out the OpenWRT firmware:

git clone

And build it:

cd sudowrt-firmware

The first time, it will download all the sources and cache them. If you want to start the cloneserver without allowing it to download new files, run it without --allow-write.

Other caveats:

This runs as two separate users to prevent an attacker from concealing modifications to the sources from you. An attacker who controls the right parts of the network and can create an MD5 collision, or who otherwise controls the openwrt firmware source, can still execute whatever code they like as sudomesh.

prepare and the OpenWRT build scripts try multiple mirrors when looking for sources to download. The first source tried is not always valid; an attacker who controls the right parts of the net could, when --allow-write is set on the cloneserver, inject their own code in the place of higher priority mirrors.

The scripts also assume that git, svn, svnsync, svnrdump, and svnadmin never execute code downloaded from the remote. I do not know if this is true, I'm just assuming that it is! / technocracy / build-proxy