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SubjectRe: Some thoughts about stable kernel development
On Mon, Nov 10, 2003 at 08:50:44AM +0000, John Bradford wrote:
> On the other hand, many users out there are _obviously_ under the
> illusion that 2.6.0-test has no known security issues, and that is
> false. If their machine is internet-connected and compromised, it can
> cause annoyance to third parties. Given that, I think a file in the
> root of the kernel tree, saying something like, "Don't use me on an
> internet connected machine unless you know what you're doing" would be
> worth considering.
Something vaguely like this might help the issue (with the obvious file
created having the appropriate note in it)

Untested, and I'm sure there are style problems, but the idea should be
obvious:

--- Makefile 2003-10-26 19:04:21.000000000 -0500
+++ Makefile.ryan 2003-11-11 02:45:01.000000000 -0500
@@ -81,7 +81,7 @@

# That's our default target when none is given on the command line
.PHONY: all
-all:
+all: check-beta

ifneq ($(KBUILD_OUTPUT),)
# Invoke a second make in the output directory, passing relevant variables
@@ -1027,3 +1027,12 @@
endif # skip-makefile

FORCE:
+
+.PHONY: check-beta
+
+check-beta:
+ if [ -f README.Security && ! -f README.Security.IknowwhatImdoing ] ; then \
+ cat README.Security ; \
+ read ; \
+ fi
+

--

Ryan Anderson
sometimes Pug Majere
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