upcoming release 6.1: old version of some core components

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Tue Apr 11 20:37:30 UTC 2006

On Tue, Apr 11, 2006 at 05:46:06PM +0200, No at SPAM@mgEDV.net wrote:
> > I can't answer you main question, but I would say that you can bet your 
> >shirt on the fact that there will be no known security issues in the 
> > older packages.
> > At least for openssl and openssh you can get latest versions through the 
> > ports.  Not an option for everything -- I see no zlib for example and I 
> > don't believe there's a standard cvs port either.
> as for zlib i definitely know, that there are 2 security flaws, which can
> lead to problems when invalid compressed data is feeded.

Already fixed as soon as they were published.  Are there other reasons
to upgrade?

> my problem also is not the installation of ports/packages/custom compiles,
> it's more that the operating system components itself are linked against
> these older libraries an therefore will contain bugs, which may have been
> already solved.

The other side of this is that newer versions are often incompatible
(OpenSSL, I'm looking at you), which rules out upgrading the version
in a FreeBSD-STABLE branch since it ruins binary compatibility.

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