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Mon, 11 Jan 2016

Debian LTS work, December 2015

In December I carried over 15 hours from October/November and was assigned another 15 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative. I worked a total of 20 hours despite the holidays.

I uploaded a security and bug fix update to linux-2.6 early in December, and sent DLA-360-1. I also backported several more security fixes, released in the new year. I sent several of the fixes to Willy Tarreau for inclusion in Linux 2.6.32-longterm.

I prepared an update to sudo to fix CVE-2015-5602. This turned out not to have been properly fixed upstream, so I finished the job and am now in the process of backporting and uploading fixes for all suites.

I reviewed the packages affected by CVE-2015-8614 and the upstream fix in claws-mail, and found that that was also incomplete. This resulted in another CVE ID being issued.

I had another week in the front desk role, over the new year, and triaged about 20 new issues. About half of them affected packages supported in squeeze-lts.

Updated: I also found a bug in the contact-maintainers script used by the LTS front desk. It used apt-cache show to find out the maintainers of a source package, which may result in outdated information — particularly if you configure APT to fetch squeeze sources in order to work on LTS! I modified the script to grab maintainer information out of the RDF description provided by (not yet implemented on I feel there ought to be an easier way to do this, but at least I learned something about RDF.

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