Re: Preparing a Debian "e500" port/derivative (ABI-incompatible PowerPC variant)
On Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:04:04 -0500, Moffett, Kyle D wrote:
> [Note: I'm not authorized to speak "on behalf of" my employer, but this
> represents (to the best of my knowledge) our current plans and goals]
> Please maintain the CC list, all of us here at eXMeritus are interested in
> comments and advice.
> On 2010/03/23 13:40, "Moritz Muehlenhoff" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On 2010-03-23, Moffett, Kyle D <Kyle.D.Moffett@boeing.com> wrote:
> >> * Regarding software security updates, I am aware that most vendors of OS
> >> distributions participate in coordinated-disclosure and embargo agreements
> >> in order to receive advance notice of certain vulnerabilities. My employer
> >> is currently considering what we would need to do in order to get access to
> >> those notifications; on the other hand we would much rather participate
> >> directly in the Debian security release process. Would it be possible for
> >> us as a third-party corporation to be a part of that process?
> > The easiest approach for all parties involved would be if e500 becomes an
> > official port. In that case you don't need to do anything on the security
> > side, all security updates are autobuilt and if there's an embargoed
> > security issue targeted for a specific release date it's automatically
> > available for e500 on the release day. But even if e500 starts unofficially
> > we can discuss/evaluate the possibilities to hook a e500 autobuild system
> > into the security buildd network.
> This would be wonderful from the official-Debian-port side of things, but we
> would still like to get our company into the security process. If at all
> possible, we would like to be able to participate in the Debian security
> release process enough to identify which security updates pertain to our
> specific configurations and provide our clients with release-day updates.
> Specifically, we are going to be distributing a derivative/fork of Debian
> that has been patched-and-hardened for our specific use-case (as a network
> security appliance on aircraft). We certainly plan to collaborate with the
> general Debian (and other open-source) communities as we build this product,
> including releasing all the open-source debs and source packages. On the
> other hand, the very strictly locked-down and feature-neutered environment
> that actually gets installed on the aircraft will be unlikely to be
> interesting on general-purpose servers or desktops.
if you are interested in security, your best bet is to become familiar
with the debian security tracker  and its database ,. debian
strives to work out in the open, so most, but not all, known issues are
tracked there. if you want to make active contributions, you can join
the alioth project .
there are private issues every now and then, and you can try to join
vendor-sec , but you may not qualify. those issues are eventually
disclosed anyway on an agreed date, and then they're tracked in the
 http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/secure-testing (email@example.com)