upgrading from 5.4-RELEASE-p4 to 5.4-RELEASE-p5

Louis LeBlanc FreeBSD at keyslapper.net
Fri Jul 22 14:09:00 GMT 2005

There was a new security announcement a couple days ago regarding the
devfs subsystem in FreeBSD.  The announcement is here:

My question is regarding the upgrade and patch description.  I am
running 5.4_RELEASE-p4.  The alert suggests either patching and
rebuilding the kernel or upgrading to 5.4-RELEASE-p5.  If I decide to
upgrade my source, would it be sufficient (and safe) to just rebuild
the kernel, or do I still need to rebuild world?

The only files changed between my last build and this one are

And for such a small change (I checked the patch, it's literally a 2
line change - sanity check of parameters for the defvs_mknod() call -
plus commentary), would it really be necessary to go through the
mergemaster process?  (from my POV, this is the most tedious and error
prone part of the whole process).

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