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ysbeer
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:09 am    Post subject: stable vs testing Reply with quote

i wanted to change to ~arch, but have a question regarding the vulnerability security on stable vs testing:

Question: in theory could ~arch Gentoo be more vulnerable to possible exploits in new software with tools like Metasploit, so can we say that Gentoo stable is more secure to network based attacks?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As ~arch often provides more recent versions of your preferred packages, I think there are generally less security breaches. On the other hand, the gentoo security team is very responsive, so the security updates are quickly stabilized.

You should take more care of the new major versions, which can have bugs (not necessarily related to security). Especially is they provide new features (and they often do). And be prepared to update your system more often, and to suffer more update errors.

My opinion is, if you have a server, stay in stable branch. And take the time to securize it (firewall, hardening, and so on) and to configure your apps properly. That's at least as important as staying up-to-date.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

package.keyworks allows specific packages to marked as testing. So you need not have testing enabled globally. I usually have stable + userland stuff for testing (chromium,firefox, libreoffice...)

getting support for such a config can be troublesome, but not as bad as a system with ~ enabled globally.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ysbeer,

All you can say is that testing and stable will be different.
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