Port Changes FAQ

Chris Maness chris at chrismaness.com
Sun Jun 15 21:03:31 UTC 2014

Thanks, Matt for illuminating this process.


On Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM, Matthew Seaman <matthew at freebsd.org> wrote:
> On 15/06/2014 14:38, Chris Maness wrote:
>> Thanks, guys.  I like the new pkg (8) command.  Will they be
>> recompiling ports whenever they have been patched against
>> vulnerabilities?
> The official pkg sets get updated on a weekly basis -- a snap shot of
> the ports tree is taken on a Wednesday, and packages are built from
> that, which generally takes a few days, so new packages are usually
> available on Saturday.
> The worst case scenario is that a vulnerability is announced on a
> Wednesday after the weekly build has begun, so the fixed package
> wouldn't then appear in the repos until about 10 days later.
> For a really serious vulnerability with exploits in the wild, I'm sure
> the usual package building schedule would be modified.  It's also the
> case that portmgr (who are in charge of building the packages) work
> closely with secteam and ports-secteam so can get advanced warning
> before vulnerabilities are published.  Meaning they could have fixed
> packages ready when the announcement is made.  But that depends on many
> outside factors, so cannot be relied upon.
>         Cheers,
>         Matthew
> --
> Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.
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