Why do we not mark vulnerable ports DEPRECATED?

Doug Barton dougb at FreeBSD.org
Tue Aug 30 05:48:33 UTC 2011

I'm doing some updates and came across mail/postfix-policyd-spf which
relies on mail/libspf2-10. The latter had a vuxml entry added on
2008-10-27. So my question is, why has mail/libspf2-10 been allowed to
remain in the tree vulnerable for almost 3 years?

Wouldn't it make more sense to mark vulnerable ports DEPRECATED
immediately with a short expiration? When they get fixed they get
un-deprecated. If they don't, they get removed. Can someone explain why
this would be a bad idea?



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