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Hidden Linux Security Patches

"Linus has this bad habit of fixing security holes quietly," said Cox. "This is a bad idea as some people read all the kernel patches to find the security holes."

Alan Cox

The problem with quietly fixed by Linus patches.

The ups and downs of life with Linus, Mar 02 2005
He may be the saint of the Linux community, but it sounds like Linus Torvalds - with his secret security fixes - could still be a challenge to work with

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/linuxunix/0,39020390,39189593,00.htm

was:

"Cox said that Torvalds does not always let people know when he has fixed a security bug in the kernel. This can be a problem as the patch will take a while to make it to production, which means that hackers can exploit the vulnerability before it is made available to individuals and enterprises running Linux.

"Linus has this bad habit of fixing security holes quietly," said Cox. "This is a bad idea as some people read all the kernel patches to find the security holes.""

Linux 2.0.36: Quietly fixed stuff

Alan Cox sent a summary of security holes that have been fixed quietly in Linux 2.0.36 to the Bugtraq List. The original announcement can be found at the URL below.

Re: Linux 2.0.36 in slink?



I agree.  In fact, Alan Cox says that "every vendor should have their kernel
updates long out".  For some reason, we seem to be reluctant to do so, but I
can'd understand why.  There are possible DoS attacks, holes in mmap, etc.
It is very important to get it in there.

John

On Sun, Dec 13, 1998 at 10:55:33PM -0800, Joel Klecker wrote:

> Considering that this is a bug fix release including various security
> fixes, I think 2.0.36 belongs in slink.
>
> Release Notes: <http://roadrunner.swansea.linux.org.uk/relnotes.36.html>
>
> Bugtraq posting regarding "silent security fixes" in 2.0.36:
> <http://news.freshmeat.net/readmore?f=2.0.36-silent-fixes>
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