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But Alex, this could be a great improvement in system at all. This can
help administrators to measure better its systems, and may be "force"
developers to solve issues faster.
What do you think?
On 8/26/11, Alex Legler <email@example.com> wrote:
> 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
> a solution to the issue at hand.
> Alex Legler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Gentoo Security / Ruby