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

andrew clarke mail at
Thu May 3 18:56:18 UTC 2012

On Thu 2012-05-03 20:48:17 UTC+0200, Leslie Jensen (leslie at wrote:

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


> I have read similar answers and was partly aware of this.
> But I was just curious to why.
> I'll accept it and let a kernel rebuild be a part of my updates.

If you're running the GENERIC kernel then you're only creating extra
work for yourself by rebuilding it for the sole purpose of having
uname -r show the "correct" patchlevel...

On the other hand if you're running a custom kernel then you only need
to rebuild the kernel when freebsd-update touches the kernel sources.
I don't recall the kernel was touched at all with the most recently
-p7 patch (openssl), for example, so there's absolutely no need to
rebuild it.

Apologies if this was already obvious.


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