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Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:04:46 +0200
From: Greg KH <>
To: Agostino Sarubbo <>
Subject: Re: Linux kernel CVEs not mentioned on oss-security

On Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 04:50:10PM +0200, Agostino Sarubbo wrote:
> On martedì 26 settembre 2017 09:32:14 CEST Greg KH wrote:
> > > I guess this would be benefit for all.
> > 
> > Define "all" 
> You know, for example in Gentoo we are following the upstream releases. So 
> from time to time we stabilize a newer kernel that "syncs" with upstream.
> This does not happen for non-rolling (release) distros that may want to patch/
> backport the security fix.

I understand the issue well, I talk to companies all the time about this :)

The rule for the kernel is, "if a distro/company/user is not following
the stable kernel updates, they are on their own".  I recommend either
using the stable kernels, or paying for a company that knows what they
are doing in this area and provides support (Red Hat, SuSE, etc.)

And if you try to argue "just tell us what needs to be fixed", well, we
are, am, we are providing about 10-12 patches a day that people should
be incorporating into their kernels.  Why they ignore that curated and
tested stream of fixes is beyond me...

Anyway, this is getting a bit off-topic here, sorry for the noise.

Best of luck,

greg k-h

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