Reminder: Debian has a big security team. Canonical, SUSE and Red Hat have security teams as well.


Well, I like Debian in general but let’s not forget about the giant SSL mistake, due to one person making a change to solve a bug : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian#Security


…mostly due to openssl.


What do you mean by that ?


This provides a more nuanced analysis: https://research.swtch.com/openssl - but it’s important to understand the context: at the time openssl was seen as very secure by many despite issues like the one that Roeckx was addressing. Many serious vulnerabilities has been discovered in openssl in the next years, leading to a lot of fixing and major cleanups.

The Debian maintainer knew he didn’t understand the code, so he asked for help on the openssl-dev mailing list […] He got two substantive replies. […] Both essentially said, “go ahead, remove the MD_update line.


Interesting, thanks for the web link.

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