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SubjectRe: Bugs and Releases Numbers
On Mon, Jan 13, 2003 at 10:17:22AM -0500, Richard B. Tilley  (Brad) wrote:
> So, if a major security bug was discovered in stable that impacted many
> systems in a very fundamental way, then a patch would be written and
> applied right away and a new kernel would be released, no?

No. A new kernel need not be released right away. Patches
would be made available for affected recent releases.
Anyone running self-built downloaded kernels is expected to
be able to patch them when needed. Distributions would
apply the patch to their trees and make the new kernel
(source and binaries) available through their usual security
update channels.

It simply isn't necessary to rush a release (contrary to the
principles of stable) just because there is a security hole.
Patches are sufficient. Besides, most sites run the
distribution kernels anyway so they will get the fix through
those channels.


> If that ever happened, what would become of the patches that had been in
> pre? Would they be included in the new kernel too, or not?
>
> On Mon, 2003-01-13 at 10:07, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > On Mon, Jan 13, 2003 at 09:53:36AM -0500, Richard B. Tilley (Brad) wrote:
> >
> > > Hello,
> >
> > Hi Richard,
> >
> > > How are bug patches worked into the current stable release? For example,
> > > the ext3 file corruption bug in 2.4.20, was that patch worked into the
> > > kernel or will it be included in 2.4.21? I'm confused about the exact
> > > details of this type of thing. If the patch was worked in to 2.4.20, how
> > > can one tell as the release number doesn't/hasn't changed?
> > >...
> >
> > the kernel that was released as 2.4.20 will never be changed.
> >
> > The ext3 problems are fixed in the 2.4.21-pre kernels and the fixed ext3
> > code will be in 2.4.21.
> >
> > > Thank you,
> > >
> > > Brad
> >
> > cu
> > Adrian
> >
> > --
> >
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> > of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
> > "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
> > Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed
> >
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