FreeBSD Security Survey

Colin Percival cperciva at
Sun May 21 20:55:10 PDT 2006

Dear FreeBSD users and system administrators,

While the FreeBSD Security Team has traditionally been very good at
investigating and responding to security issues in FreeBSD, this only
solves half of the security problem: Unless users and administrators
of FreeBSD systems apply the security patches provided, the advisories
issued accomplish little beyond alerting potential attackers to the
presence of vulnerabilities.

The Security Team has been concerned for some time by anecdotal reports
concerning the number of FreeBSD systems which are not being promptly
updated or are running FreeBSD releases which have passed their End of
Life dates and are no longer supported. In order to better understand
which FreeBSD versions are in use, how people are (or aren't) keeping
them updated, and why it seems so many systems are not being updated, I
have put together a short survey of 12 questions. The information gathered
will inform the work done by the Security Team, as well as my own personal
work on FreeBSD this summer.

If you administrate system(s) running FreeBSD (in the broad sense of "are
responsible for keeping system(s) secure and up to date"), please visit
and complete the survey below before May 31st, 2006.

Colin Percival
FreeBSD Security Officer

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