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From: Alex Legler <a3li@g.o>
To: gentoo-security@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-security] No GLSA since January?!?
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:29:07
Message-Id: 3976476.Rt9yeGXjWz@neon
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-security] No GLSA since January?!? by Kevin Bryan
1 On Friday 26 August 2011 16:02:56 Kevin Bryan wrote:
2 > I was not considering the entire process, just the part that really
3 > impacts me: identifying vulnerable and patched packages. Full
4 > advisories are nice, but really what I want to know is when I need to
5 > update a particular package.
6 >
7 > You are right that marking the packages that contain fixes doesn't
8 > really scale because of increased baggage to carry forward.
9 >
10 > The problem I have with GLSA's is that they don't come out until after
11 > the problem has been fixed.
12 >
13 > Perhaps it would be better to just have a system to label a particular
14 > ebuild/version as vulnerable. Maybe something closer to package.mask,
15 > but for security would be appropriate. With a package.security_mask,
16 > you could have anyone on the security project update that file with
17 > packages as soon as they know about it and while they are waiting on the
18 > devs to fix it. References/links/impact could be noted in the comments
19 > above, as package.mask does now.
20 >
21 > As for interacting with 'emerge', I don't think we want the same
22 > semantics as package.mask, since we don't want to force a downgrade (if
23 > possible). It should probably just warn when you ask it to install a
24 > vulnerable version. Upgrades to safe versions will be quiet that way.
25 > The @security would contain packages with and without fixes so you get
26 > warnings for things that remain vulnerable, and updates for things that
27 > are fixed.
28 >
29 > Thoughts?
31 I see this as an addition to sending advisories after fixing an issue, not as
32 a solution to the issue at hand.
34 --
35 Alex Legler <a3li@g.o>
36 Gentoo Security / Ruby


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