[Mageia-dev] Status report for Mageia 1 updates, and call for help from you packagers

Maarten Vanraes maarten.vanraes at gmail.com
Thu Aug 25 20:41:27 CEST 2011

Op donderdag 25 augustus 2011 20:14:45 schreef Remco Rijnders:
> On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 08:09:26AM -0400, Stew wrote in
> <4E563B76.7080300 at gmail.com>:
> >On 08/24/2011 08:50 PM, Samuel Verschelde wrote:
> >>Hi,
> >>
> >>I was told that QA Team's work's visibility needs to be improved, so as a
> >>team member I'll try to give you some sort of status report.
> >>
> >>- 1 has been validated by QA one month ago, but was assigned to security
> >>team following updates policy for security fixes, and got not answer. We
> >>have to improve either the policy or the security team here (or both).
> >
> >Do you have a pointer to this bug? I'm not finding it in bugzilla.
> >I'm not sure what I can do with it once assigned back to secteam,
> >aside from write an advisory text. I don't have admin rights to
> >release it, etc. (afaik). It was basically my understanding that the
> >secteam role is to initiate the bug, provide patches, POC, and
> >advisory text and the maintainer do the update and pass it on to QA.
> >I've stopped even intiating because they are just sitting there in
> >the new/unassigned state. some for 2 months or more now. While a
> >shiny new KDE is nice, not pushing updates for published
> >vulnerabilities makes us look bad, imho.
> I think what we need is a trinity of triage, secteam, and QA to work on
> security related things. Triage team will assign or cc the security team
> on security related bugs as efficiently as possible, from there security
> team will work with the maintainer on the fix and hands it to qa for
> (expedited) testing and release.
> My personal feeling is that security is too important a thing to leave up
> to an individual maintainer or last committer to fix, especially when it
> is remotely exploitable. Perhaps make a distinction on the severity of the
> security issue?
> - If it needs an authenticated user for an exploit to work, assign it to
>    the maintainer, Cc security team. If there is no response from the
>    maintainer after x days (say 10 or so), security team takes over
>    responsibility.
> - If it is remotely exploitable and leads to a DoS or take over, security
>    team is instantly responsible and Cc's the maintainer on the bug and
>    works on a quick update.
> In my opinion it is more important to be concerned with the safety of our
> users machines than with perhaps stepping on a sour maintainers toes.
> Perhaps in the next packagers meeting something like this can be agreed
> on? The security team needs to have the needed privileges to quickly
> handle security issues the best way it sees fit.
> Remmy


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