interim port versions

Kris Kennaway kris at
Fri Oct 22 09:56:51 PDT 2004

On Fri, Oct 22, 2004 at 06:50:13AM -0700, Randall Foster wrote:
> I'm new to the bsd's, came from linux and i'm having a bit of difficulty
> figuring out the general philosophy.
> One of the major reasons that i decided to try out the 'bsds'  is
> because of the security.  I'm having a hard time however figuring out
> how security issues in the ports get dealt with when there is a port
> freeze, like now.  The best example i can think of is gaim...(i almost
> didn't recheck the port on the 4.10 tree, it's now mysteriously up to
> date, phew.)
> ......slightly altered next paragraph....
> lets say i found out there is a msn slp buffer overflow (like currently)
> and i wanted to protect i cvsuped my ports tree and then
> wanted to portupgrade....... problem is...since it's a port freeze...up
> until a few days ago it's still at 0.82  not the 1.02 that is out now, I
> watched it and never saw version 1.00 or 1.01.  Are the ports frozen
> _except_for_security_fixes or am i missing something.
> I looked around on the lists for this but didn't see it and it seems
> like a fairly big deal if security issues arise during a freeze.

Easy..if a security fix is submitted to portmgr during a freeze, it's
almost always going to be approved.

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