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Re: [PATCH] maint: add a syntax-check rule to check for vulnerable Makef

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [PATCH] maint: add a syntax-check rule to check for vulnerable Makefile.in
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 09:32:11 +0100

Eric Blake wrote:
> According to Jim Meyering on 1/27/2010 2:42 PM:
>> I've just pushed this to coreutils.
>> I propose to move the rule to gnulib's maint.mk.
>> Why?  Just noticed that Fedora 11 is still using a vulnerable
>> version of automake-1.11, and that some projects don't require
>> automake-1.11.1.
>> Any objections or suggestions?
> I like it.  It lets projects stick with automake 1.10.3, or even a
> vendor-patched 1.9.6+, without falling prey to unpatched 1.10.2 or 1.11.
> coreutils, and any other package that already requires 1.11 features (like
> building configure scripts that accept --enable-silent-rules) only benefit
> by avoiding 1.11, but they can likewise do that by requiring 1.11.1.  But
> packages that intend to support older automake releases definitely
> benefit, so I say move it to gnulib's maint.mk.
> +         'see http://bugzilla.redhat.com/542609 for details'         \
> That bug report only lists a handful of comments to the public; are we
> missing anything in the remaining comments that were screened for security?

My initial report is in there, but it's not world-readable.
It was probably considered too explicit.
However, most of it (along with other comments not in the BZ)
ended up being published here:


There's also Ralf's announcement:


I've just added a comment to the BZ with the latter link.

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