OpenBSD Journal

Patch Patch Patch

Contributed by sean on from the bug-smashing dept.

A trio of patches showed up today on the errata page for the OPENBSD_3_5 patch branch:

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  1. By Gerardo Santana ( santana at openbsd org mx on

    And two more patches for OpenBSD 3.4 too. Binary patches for 3.4 are built, 3.5's are on the way.

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      Cool, I didn't know you were still doing that. Thx man!

  2. By Anthony ( on

    The first month is always a patch fest. Too much effort...

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      Let's see.

      3.3 was released on May 1, 2003. The first of the patches for 3.3 was released on August 4, 2003, more than three months later. In the once year since that release, there have been 21 patches in total: 1.75 patches per month, on average, which is exactly the same record as that of 3.2.

      3.4 has had 18 patches so far, over six months. Three patches per month, on average. Sure, seven of those were released in the first month, but in only three separate announcements, i.e. only three times did a person have to take the time to patch.

      Sure, there are patches. But patch fest? What patch fest?

  3. By hdw ( on

    It pays to be paraniod.
    My source-tree is owned by srcadmin, who can't write anywhere outside the tree :)

    // hdw

  4. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    What's the impact of the CVS vulnerability?

    Is it correct that a malicious local user (who has ssh access, but no special priviliges whatsoever) could be able to write files anywhere on the filesystem, which may then (crontab, or startup files, or...) be executed with root permissions? Or is such a thing impossible?

    1. By Matt Van Mater ( on

      I think that depends on if the cvs executable is setuid root. Given the crackdown on that in recent releases, I doubt that is the case. I'm just talking out my my arse here, but chances are the cvs process can only write to directories its uid or guid is set to. Am I correct?


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