Maintenance policies and early considerations III
Agustin Benito Bethencourt <agustin.benito@...>
the below considerations were discussed during the Members meeting. There is no conclusion yet about how to proceed.
++ Security fixes
+++ Out-of-tree drivers
The embedded systems that CIP will be used in will also often require out-of-tree drivers and will sometimes include other changes of unknown quality to their kernel. It needs to be made clear to members that these modifications are unsupported, and that when they want the CIP core team to address a bug found in such a modified kernel they must first demonstrate that it exists in the CIP source release.
+++ Security updates
Commercial Linux based distributions like RHEL/SLE typically has security updates available for the most serious issues (such as privilege escalation) within a few days of them being publicly known, if not on the first day.
CIP may be able to achieve this with its source releases but its members may take much longer to release and deploy binary updates, maybe due to valid concerns about the risk of regression or limited opportunities to deploy updates. In the worst case, they may use CIP as an advertising/compliance point but rarely bother to update. For this reason Ben H. thinks it's important to draw on the work of the Kernel Self-Protection Project to add mitigations against common types of vulnerability. That work is slowly filtering into mainline and at least some of it could be backported.
+++ Request to members from maintainer
During the meeting Ben requested CIP members to provide him some guidelines or policies currently followed to choose security patches. This information will hopefully provide some light that help maintainers to define some basic policies for choosing security fixes. This policies need to be tested over time.
Due to the length of the maintenance period, it is unlikely that the same person/team maintain the kernel for the entire life cycle so the main policies at least need to be left written.
Agustin Benito Bethencourt
Principal Consultant - FOSS at Codethink
Daniel Sangorrin <daniel.sangorrin@...>
Sorry for the late reply.
+++ Request to members from maintainerI think that one possible guideline for backporting security patches to the CIP kernel
is to look at kernel CVEs . A table (probably only accessible by members)
indicating whether a CIP kernel is vulnerable or not to a CVE would be of great help.
Another source of bug/security fixes will be the PREEMPT RT patch. We will probably
need to check whether bugs found in new versions are properly backported to our
# I see that Ben is already doing this! 
Finally, we may need to decide how to disclosure bugs that we may find ourselves
while testing the CIP kernels. I guess we will need to make sure that all members are
ready for the disclosure.
(2016/09/22 21:56), Agustin Benito Bethencourt wrote:
Hi,I agree on that. CIP don't need to care about out-of-tree drivers.
+++ Security updatesI think it is important to prepare for zero-day attacks, and the Kernel
Self-Protection Project would help it. If it could be backported,
doing it is preferred. But does it make the long-term maintenance difficult?
+++ Request to members from maintainerBasically, I expect CIP supports all CVEs which are related to supported
features by CIP. But human resources are limited, so CIP members might
need to prioritize them depending on their impact.
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