Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 10:16:40 +0200 From: Greg KH <greg@...ah.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Security release pre-announcement messages On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 10:14:08AM +0200, Greg KH wrote: > On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 09:35:45PM +0000, Stiepan wrote: > > I would like to congratulate the teams that do that. If public > > disclosure is deemed too dangerous before a patch is available, this > > looks like The reasonable tradeoff. Wish it was the same with Linux... > > I too want a pony :) > > > Rationale: people could switch meanwhile to a known safe kernel. That > > would provide peace of mind to the "rest of us" who don't have the > > keys to the linux-distros kingdom of the elected few, yet wish to have > > secure OSes, without a window of vulnerability open to whoever hacked > > into the elected few's machines (or are entitled another way to this > > secret information). > > It would also make Linux governance way more democratic, which seems > > to be a must for such a "too big to fail" core open-source software. > > The "best known safe kernel" is the latest one we release from the > stable kernel series. It has all of the fixes that that the kernel > developers possibly know about at that point in time. > > There's no need to worry about being on linux-distros or anything else, > just keep updating your kernel, test in in your infrastructure to ensure > it all works properly, and then push it out to all of your other systems > and all is good. And before all of the usual objections take place, please read this long write up: http://kroah.com/log/blog/2018/02/05/linux-kernel-release-model/ specifically the "Security" section for details as to why the kernel does not do "pre-release" announcements. thanks, greg k-h
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