My Debian Activities in September 2018

FTP master

As promised in an earlier post, I raised the number of accepted packages to 215, as well as the number of rejects to 69 this month. The overall number of packages that got accepted this month was 314.

Debian LTS

This was my fifty first month that I did some work for the Debian LTS initiative, started by Raphael Hertzog at Freexian.

This month my all in all workload has been 29.25h. During that time I did LTS uploads or prepared security uploads of:

    [DLA 1508-1] suricata security update for one CVE
    [DLA 1515-1] hylafax security update for one CVE
    [DLA 1516-1] okular security update for one CVE
    [DSA 4303-1] okular security update for one CVE
    [DLA 1524-1] libxml2 security update for four CVEs
    [DLA 1525-1] mosquitto security update for three CVEs

I also sent a debdiff for wireshark in Stretch to the security team. They decided to use a newer version in Wireshark for Stretch. Maybe it would be a good idea to upload that version to Jessie as well.

Further I worked on an update for symfony, where I could mark most CVE as not-affected for Jessie. Still four CVEs are remaining and I am going to create patches for them. As opposed to this the CVEs for radare2 could be all marked as not-affected for Jessie.

Last but not least I did some days of frontdesk duties.

I am not sure whether this is a general trend or whether this is just related to the packages I choose. Compared with LTS for Wheezy more packages in Jessie have some kind of software test. Generally speaking this is a very good trend as one can feel more certain that any kind of patch does not break the software. On the other hand this also doubles the effort to backport patches for older versions of the software. One has to backport not only the patch itself but also the corresponding tests. Especially as the test framework develops as fast as the software and everybody wants to use their own invention.

Debian ELTS

This month was the fourth ELTS month.

During my allocated time I uploaded:

  • ELA-44-1 for suricata
  • ELA-46-1 for libxml2
  • ELA-47-1 for python2.7
  • ELA-48-1 for python2.6

As like in LTS, I also did some days of frontdesk duties.

Other stuff

I improved packaging of …

The DOPOM (Debian Orphaned Package Of the Month) of this month has been arpalert.

I also became member of the varnish-team and will try to help packaging varnish

Further I continued to sponsor some glewlwyd packages for Nicolas Mora.