Some distros offer people to subscribe to information related to a specific package, e.g. Debian with their package tracking system. This is not that hard to find and gives you all information from the distro side you'll ever need with just subscribing once, and many upstreams do subscribe for the benefit of all parties (including users, and upstreams that want to have more direct contact).
But then, OpenSSH and Debian might not have been too much of an example for good relations with distro maintainers before.
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