[Mageia-dev] Meeting for secteam start

Pascal Terjan pterjan at gmail.com
Fri Apr 15 18:16:43 CEST 2011

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 13:35, Stew Benedict <stewbintn at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sorry if I break the thread, just signed back up to the list.
> Just to kick things off for secteam, I thought I'd list the process as I
> remember it from when I worked with Vincent for a couple of years.
> Not to say Mageia needs to follow any of this, and as we're a volunteer
> organization, I suspect things will be structured a bit differently from
> a staffing POV than "2 guys mostly dedicated to updates"
> Old Process:
> * monitor vendor-sec, discuss vulns, patches, negotiate release schedule,
>   also watch other distro updates, for things we may have missed

I think we need to add them to a list at that point (some tickets somewhere)

> * check our srpm database (Vincent later reworked this) for all the
> places the affected source code
>   may be buried (many packages embed copies of other source)

And add that info in the tickets as a list of needed actions, or maybe
have some blocking tickets

> * apply/adapt patches for all supported releases/architectures (may have
> been published on vendor-sec,
>   or from another distro package, or extracted from upstream)
>   ** when we we supporting several releases, with Enterprise stuff
> being quite old, reworking the patches at times was difficult
>   ** policy changed over time and these days many things bump up to a
> new release, rather than patching
> * build in chroot to preserve the original build env (moved to iurt
> around the time I left)
>   ** if we had trouble building the package, contact the maintainer for
> help
> * acquire or write a POC (proof of concept) to test that the vuln is
> corrected, if not, re-patch/re-test
> * test the app for basic functionality, that we haven't introduced
> regressions
>   ** bugfix updates went to QA for testing, this was a big
> blocker/delay at times
> * write advisory text (usually copied from the CVE if there is one, or
> bugzilla from a bugfix)
> * upload packages to main mirror, wait a few hours and release the
> announcement (we had several scripts
>   that facilitated getting packages in the right place, signing them,
> uploading, etc.)

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