The point of -stable is that the patches are so small that the users can generally decide for themselves. In larger -stables, you can follow the 'look at the drivers in use and upgrade if some of them are things you use and the bugfix looks significant' approach: for smaller ones (like security releases), you can often get away with simply reading the patch itself, even if (like me) you're not a kernel hacker. (Of course this doesn't work if you can't read a little C...)
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