Chef Habitat uses both symmetric encryption (for wire encryption) and asymmetric encryption (for everything else). If you are not familiar with the difference between the two, please consult this article.
When you have either wire encryption or service group encryption turned on, the messages use the Curve25519, Salsa20, and Poly1305 ciphers specified in Cryptography in NaCl.
Chef Habitat packages are signed using BLAKE2b checksums. BLAKE2b is a cryptographic hash function faster than MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2 and SHA3, yet provides at least as much security as the latest standard SHA-3.
You can examine the first four lines of a
.hart file to extract the signature from it, because it is an
xz-compressed tarball with a metadata header. The
hab pkg header command will do this for you.
hab pkg header somefile.hart
» Reading package header for somefile.hart Package : somefile.hart Format Version : HART-1 Key Name : myorigin-19780608081445 Hash Type : BLAKE2b Raw Signature : a8yDoiA0Mv0CcW6xVyfkSOIZ0LW0beef4RPtvKL56MxemgG6dMVlKG1Ibplp7DUByr5az0kI5dmJKXgK6KURDzM1N2Y2MGMxYWJiMTNlYjQxMjliZTMzNGY0MWJlYTAzYmI4NDZlZzM2MDRhM2Y5M2VlMDkyNDFlYmVmZDk1Yzk=
.hart file format is designed in this way to allow you to extract both the signature and the payload separately for inspection. To extract only the
xz-compressed content, bypassing the signature, you could type this:
tail -n +6 somefile.hart | xzcat | tar x