On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 12:18:41PM +0530, Huzaifa Sidhpurwala wrote:
I work for the Red Hat Product security team, and have been a fedora
contributor for several years. I was involved with Linux security issues
like heartbleed, shellshock etc.
For some time, I have noticed that due to the way fedora mirrors work,
it takes a lot of time for the packages with security fixes (specially
ones which have critical impact like openssl) to sync to mirrors. We
have been announcing links to koji builds for our users in the meantime,
which is really not scalable for large installs etc.
Also many times, while talking in conferences and otherwise to fedora
users, it seems the main concern is the time it takes these security
fixes to hit our mirrors.
I have tried talking to several people about a possible solution,
including CentOS guys and it seems there needs to be a solution to this
One possible solution which i can think of, is to have a security repo,
which is not mirrored but centrally location, of-course there are
several problems with this approach and needs more discussion.
What you are suggesting is, I think, the same what Debian does with
their security repository at security.debian.org
From my mirror admin point of view the problem is not getting the
packages to the mirrors. The step in the process which takes most of the
time is building the repository. If this security repository (including
the signing) could be created faster the files would be sooner on the
mirrors. So a small repository with higher (or more intelligent) mirror
frequency would probably help a lot.
I think the bigger problem is that it needs additional tools and a
concept how the packages move from the security repository to