Kernel bug 9416
Posted Jun 18, 2008 4:20 UTC (Wed) by vonbrand
In reply to: Kernel bug 9416
Parent article: Stable kernel 184.108.40.206 released
"Avoid copying overlong strings" does make my (mostly untrained!) alarm bell go nuts. If that is "obfuscation"...
In all this (by now extremely tiresome) discussion I have seen not a shred of evidence of wrongdoing. Perhaps carelessness, perhaps people not seeing potential security problems. Bugs get fixed, most developers care that it is a bug and don't care much if it might be a security problem. Others try to filter "important" (by whatever measures) fixes to apply to the "-stable" (by their measure) tree. If you disagree, you are wellcome to set up the "-secure" tree and do your own filtering and applying. In doing so, you won't be able to rely blindly on the commit messages (the bug fixer might be completely incompetent at seeing security implications) or the discussions that went before (they could all very well be completely off track), so this is hard, thankless work. If you moreover succeed in recruiting a bunch of hackers to help out, more power to you. That would be a real help, flinging all sort of conspiracy theories and ill will accusations around is counterproductive. If the people here (myself included) had spent their time chasing bugs instead of flaming around, we would all be better off.
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