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On Friday 26 August 2011 16:02:56 Kevin Bryan wrote:
> I was not considering the entire process, just the part that really
> impacts me: identifying vulnerable and patched packages. Full
> advisories are nice, but really what I want to know is when I need to
> update a particular package.
> You are right that marking the packages that contain fixes doesn't
> really scale because of increased baggage to carry forward.
> The problem I have with GLSA's is that they don't come out until after
> the problem has been fixed.
> Perhaps it would be better to just have a system to label a particular
> ebuild/version as vulnerable. Maybe something closer to package.mask,
> but for security would be appropriate. With a package.security_mask,
> you could have anyone on the security project update that file with
> packages as soon as they know about it and while they are waiting on the
> devs to fix it. References/links/impact could be noted in the comments
> above, as package.mask does now.
> As for interacting with 'emerge', I don't think we want the same
> semantics as package.mask, since we don't want to force a downgrade (if
> possible). It should probably just warn when you ask it to install a
> vulnerable version. Upgrades to safe versions will be quiet that way.
> The @security would contain packages with and without fixes so you get
> warnings for things that remain vulnerable, and updates for things that
> are fixed.
I see this as an addition to sending advisories after fixing an issue, not as
a solution to the issue at hand.
Alex Legler <email@example.com>
Gentoo Security / Ruby
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