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I wonder if Homebrew is safe for Mac users...
Do you have any bad experience with this software (like malware for example)?
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asked Jun 5, 2016 at 21:04
Martin TrubelikMartin Trubelik
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Homebrew on its own acts like a command-line App Store.
- It's safe, if you know what you're downloading.
- It uses SHA256 to fingerprint the downloaded instructions as a validity / tamper detection verification check.
- It’s open, so you could validate what it’s downloading and how it
- It refuses to use
sudo to intentionally be safer.
If you are concerned about downloading hijacked binaries, verify the SHA/SHA1 sum of the binary you've downloaded against the SHA/SHA1 sum published by the developer, usually on their webpage.
Despite a long track record of people not pushing malware or bad code to the system, it would be good hygiene to start validating downloads.
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answered Jun 6, 2016 at 0:49
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