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From Patricia Shanahan <>
Subject Re: Planning for emergency releases
Date Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:28:08 GMT
On 8/12/2016 2:14 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
>> -----Original Message----- From: Patricia Shanahan
>> []
>> Personally, I would like to treat the last stable release as the
>> base for emergency fixes. I started out suggesting using the
>> current patch as an exercise to work through the process for doing
>> that.
>> However, I have seen a lot of push back on the idea of ever doing
>> a release that only has one change.
> [orcmid]
> Yes.  It might be necessary to do triage - choose highly-vulnerable
> platforms, common languages, etc.
> And, if we are talking about an unpatched vulnerability with an
> exploit in the wild, I don't think the ASF Board will be sympathetic
> to our reticence.
> I agree that we do need to do fire drills simply to be able to
> respond when an emergency arises.

I would prefer to see agreement within the PMC on an emergency release
process, followed by a fire drill to test it. My understanding, from
following, is that if the ASF Board ever gets involved,
they will swing hammers not scalpels.

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