Follow up....Re: Updating for the FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-12:01.openssl

andrew clarke mail at
Thu May 3 18:35:42 UTC 2012

On Thu 2012-05-03 19:17:05 UTC+0200, Leslie Jensen (leslie at wrote:

> After a reboot my system now has the following label
> FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p3 #0
> How come it downgrades the label from p6 to p3 when upgrading to p7.

This is a FAQ.  There's a thread about it here:

Short answer: The patch level (-p3) displayed by uname -r after a
reboot will not change if freebsd-update has not touched the kernel.

As far as I know there haven't been any patches to the 8.2-REL kernel
since -p3.

/usr/src/sys/conf/ is always updated by freebsd-update when
there is an update. (Although now that I think about it that might not
be true if you don't have the kernel sources installed?)

Not exactly intuitive.

Several Linux distros have a file named /etc/issue that shows the
distro name and version. Perhaps this or something similar could be
provided in future FreeBSD releases and updated by freebsd-update.

$ cat /etc/issue
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS \n \l


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