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Re: [SECURITY] [DSA 1681-1] New Linux 2.6.24 packages fix several vulnerabilities

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 12:11:05PM -0700, dann frazier wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 06:49:59PM +0000, Dominic Hargreaves wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 11:38:28AM -0700, dann frazier wrote:
> > > Yes - 2.6.18 is in stable, and as such will be security supported for
> > > at least another year. Minor/local DoS security issues in the kernel
> > > are very frequent, so updated packages are constantly in
> > > preparation. Preparing kernel updates is resource intensive so, unless
> > > there's a severe issue, etch users should expect 2.6.18 and 2.6.24
> > > updates to be staggered.
> > 
> > Yup, that's pretty much what I expected to hear; thanks for confirming.
> > 
> > May I make a suggestion that you include a comment along these lines in
> > the advisory texts? It would help reassure users that things haven't been
> > forgotten about greatly.
> Yes, this has been a FAQ since the release of etchnhalf. I'll see
> about adding something to the text template. Does this look ok?
>   Debian 'etch' includes linux kernel packages based upon both the
>   2.6.18 and 2.6.24 linux releases.  All known security issues are
>   carefully tracked against both packages and both packages will
>   receive security updates until security support for Debian 'etch'
>   ceases. However, given the high frequency at which low-severity
>   security issues are discovered in the kernel and the resource
>   requirements of doing an update, non-critical 2.6.18 and 2.6.24
>   updates will typically release in a staggered or "leap-frog"
>   fashion.

I'd suggest you add something more explicit, maybe:

    [fashion], that is when higher-severity issues are fixed.

or something similar.

Marcin Owsiany <porridge@debian.org>             http://marcin.owsiany.pl/
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