MITM attacks against portsnap and freebsd-update

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Sat May 24 09:12:49 UTC 2014

On 24/05/2014 04:42, David Noel wrote:
> Does anyone know what the requirements are for obtaining one of those
> supercool email addresses? Would patching these bugs
> qualify a person for one?

If you want to get a e-mail address, then the most typical
route is to become a committer.  To become a committer, you will need to
establish a track record of submitting good, high quality PRs -- these
can be updates to src, ports or doc depending on what sort of commit bit
you'ld want -- and establish a relationship with other FreeBSD
developers: essentially show that you can collaborate constructively
with others.

Having done that, eventually another committer or committers will
propose your name to core or portmgr or docmgr as a potential new
committer.  Core or those other bodies will vote on your suitability,
and if accepted the people who proposed you (usually) will become your
mentors and guide you on the correct way to interact with the source
code repositories.

There are other methods to get a address -- principally by
being a visible supporter of the project and by contributing in other
ways than code.  Dan Langille dvl at is a case in point: he
organises BSDCan each year.  However, it's only active developers that
get a vote in elections of core.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.

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