Re: ports/129000: [vuxml] mail/dovecot: document CVE-2008-4577 and CVE-2008-4578


Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 03:46:07PM -0800, Xin LI wrote:
Thanks for handling this. But I have a question: what is the general
policy about versions that are to be documented within the 'range'
clauses? You had changed version specification to '1.1.4', but it was
never been in the FreeBSD ports tree. So, should we specify only
existing port versions or we can specify vendor-specific versions as
well, provided that the specification will be the same from the point of
view of the port version evolution?

The '1.1.4' was chosen because that the official release notes said so,
and it is the exact minimum version of the port, if it ever got into the
tree. Personally I think it's a bad idea to cover versions that we are
known not to be vulnerable, for instance, the user might be running
1.1.4 or 1.1.5 with their local patched versions and does not want to
upgrade, making false positives would actually hurt the credibility of

OK, I expected such answer. But then, what you'll say after reading
the history of ports/128698:

I understand that the mentioned PR is the another case and there were no
vulnerable version in the official ports tree. But two PRs are a bit
inconsistent in their treatment of the locally patched versions, so I am
just curious -- may be there should be some general understanding about

Sorry for being so chatty, but I am just trying to understand the policy
and best practices for VuXML.

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