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Date: Sun, 22 May 2022 21:46:45 +0200
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: linux-distros list policy and Linux kernel

On Mon, May 16, 2022 at 09:12:25PM +0200, Greg KH wrote:
> Taking this a bit further, why is the kernel "special" for something
> like this?  Why wouldn't this also apply to any other project with a
> reasonable number of developers where you want additional review and
> acceptance of changes before the world is notified that an issue was
> fixed?  That allows issues to be fixed, and to be in place on users
> systems before the issue is made public.
> I would imagine that projects like Kubernetes, or Jenkins, or Docker or
> Mozilla or Chrome or other large systems would also fall into this
> category.  Heck, smaller projects too, the size shouldn't matter, what
> matters is that users have the ability to upgrade before security issues
> are told to the world, ensuring that user's systems are safe.

For issues commonly brought to (linux-)distros, we currently only
encounter this sort of conflicting preferences with the Linux kernel
community.  I guess some other projects also release silent fixes that
are only later documented to have known security relevance.  Maybe our
policy plays a role in non-reporting of such issues to distros, or maybe
not.  For example, we generally do not receive reports of
vulnerabilities in Firefox and Chrome/ium to the distros list, but I
don't recall anyone ever expressing any unhappiness about that - neither
those projects nor the distros.  So it's kind of fine?

> it's your list, not mine, if
> you are tired of running it, I totally understand.

A bit tired, yes, but that's in part because of us fighting each other's


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