A simple question about patches for FreeBSD from http://security.freebsd.org/patches

Rakhesh Sasidharan rakhesh at rakhesh.com
Mon Jul 30 05:56:06 UTC 2007

> Is that mean if I use 5.5-release, I should apply all the patches above and
> if I use 6.2-release I need only apply the
> FreeBSD-SA-07:05.libarchive.asc<http://security.freebsd.org/advisories/FreeBSD-SA-07:05.libarchive.asc>
> to
> FreeBSD-SA-07:02.bind.asc<http://security.freebsd.org/advisories/FreeBSD-SA-07:02.bind.asc>
> ?
> Is that right?

I'm not sure. (To be frank, I hadn't looked at the advisories so far. 
Since no one's answered your question yet, I just had a look at them to 
see if I can throw some light).

The reason I say I am not sure is that if you click on the 
FreeBSD-SA-07:04.file.asc advisory for instance, you'll see that it 
applies to *all* FreeBSD releases. So if you are on the 6.2 release, this 
is one patch you have to apply. I'd suppose there are other patches too 
that similarly might apply to the 6.2 release.

If you are on FreeBSD 6.2, use the freebsd-update tool to keep your system 
up-to-date. That automatically fetches the patches necessary for your 
system. If you are on FreeBSD 5.5, install this tool from ports.


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