[libvirt] closing old maint branches [was: [v0.9.12-maint 0/8] Backport changes for CVE-2013-6458 to v0.9.12-maint]

Laine Stump laine at laine.org
Thu Jan 23 12:47:38 UTC 2014

On 01/23/2014 12:26 PM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 12:13:48PM -0700, Eric Blake wrote:
>> On 01/15/2014 01:43 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
>>> Is anyone still using v0.9.11-maint?  The CVE extends back to 0.9.8, so
>>> we could argue that we should either fix the 0.9.11 branch, or add
>>> another commit to the branch that explicitly marks it as end-of-life
>>> because no one appears to be relying on it.  Fedora 18 is now
>>> end-of-life, so from Fedora's perspective, I only care about 0.10.2
>>> (RHEL and CentOS 6), 1.0.5 (F19), 1.1.3 (F20) and soon 1.2.1 (rawhide),
>>> although I didn't mind touching all the intermediate branches on my way
>>> down to 0.10.2.  RHEL 5 is also vulnerable to CVE-2013-6458, but as we
>>> don't have an upstream v0.8.2-maint branch (thank goodness!), that's
>>> something for Red Hat to worry about.
>> I've gone ahead and marked v0.8.3-maint and v0.9.11-maint as closed (I'm
>> not posting the actual patch here, but it was done by 'git rm -f \*'
>> followed by recreating .gitignore and a placeholder README that mentions
>> the death of the branch).
> FYI for openstack I examined the current libvirt versions in some
> major distros:
>   https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/LibvirtDistroSupportMatrix

After seeing that list, I thought an "end of life" column could be
interesing, but then realized the only bit I was interested in was how
long we will need to put of with the oldest version on the list. As far
as I can tell, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is scheduled for EOL in April 2017 (date
from here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases ), so I guess *somebody* has
to care about libvirt-0.9.8 until 2017 (of course we don't have a
v0.9.8-maint branch anyway, so that's not likely going to happen within
upstream infrastructure)

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