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Re: Debian Security Host Bandwidth Saturation

Will we be notified when we can do an update without adversely effecting
the Debian project?  And what time frame would this be in?

Thank you!


Martin Schulze wrote:

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> The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
> Security Host Bandwidth Saturation                      press@debian.org
> September 20th, 2005            http://www.debian.org/News/2005/20050920
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> Debian Security Host Bandwidth Saturation
> The recently released security update of XFree86 in DSA 816 for sarge
> and woody has caused the host security.debian.org to saturate its
> 100MBit/s network connection entirely.  Due to the large number of X
> packages, the gross size of these packages and the high number of
> users who need to install the update, the server is busy sending out
> updates which exhaust its total outgoing bandwidth.
> This incident happens before new a security infrastructure is in place
> which would have avoided this.  At the moment we ask our users to
> accept delays in their update until the situation is relaxed again.
> Yesterday morning, at about 11 o'clock (CEST, i.e. UCT +0200) the
> files for the security update DSA 816 (XFree86) were installed on the
> public security server.  The result was similar to a distributed
> denial of service since literally thousands of users tried to fetch
> the updates.  Since then the host saturates its network connection
> entirely.
> Independent of this there have been discussions about restructuring
> the security infrastructure in order to provide a more failsafe
> solution, that can also deal with high bandwidth peaks better than a
> single machine.

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