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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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