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Re: infrastructure modest proposal



On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 1:37 PM, Kevin Martin <kevintm ameritech net> wrote:
> FWIW I have been in the security arena for some time and any security
> patch that hasn't been vetted somehow beforehand has to be considered a
> security risk in and of itself.  While fixing one risk who knows what
> may be introduced if the patch isn't tested...could open up a more
> severe hole than what was being patched.  In good programming practices
> there's NO reason to not go thru the proper SDLC to make sure that
> something isn't going to cause more problems than not.  I understand
> that mistakes are made; we've all made mistakes and will make many more
> before we're done.  But having and following guidelines for testing, qa,
> and then production and making sure that the production environment is
> COMPLETELY cutoff from the testing area (ie: patches MUST be released
> from QA as testing can't even see production) will make sure to keep, in
> this case, this type of issue from cropping up.


I'm not a security expert. If you have a strong case to make about not
rushing security updates through to stable you should probably engage
the Fedora security team about that and get their input and consensus
about making that a policy change proposal.

-jef


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