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Colin Percival-4
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Hello Everyone,

The branches supported by the FreeBSD Security Officer have been updated
to reflect the EoL (end-of-life) of FreeBSD 6.3.  The new list is below
and at <URL: >.

Users of FreeBSD 6.3 are advised to upgrade promptly to a newer release,
either by downloading an updated source tree and building updates manually,
or (for i386 and amd64 systems) using the FreeBSD Update utility as
described in the relevant release announcement.

[Excerpt from follows]

FreeBSD Security Advisories

   The FreeBSD Security Officer provides security advisories for
   several branches of FreeBSD development. These are the -STABLE
   Branches and the Security Branches. (Advisories are not issued for
   the -CURRENT Branch.)

     * The -STABLE branch tags have names like RELENG_7. The
       corresponding builds have names like FreeBSD 7.0-STABLE.

     * Each FreeBSD Release has an associated Security Branch. The
       Security Branch tags have names like RELENG_7_0. The
       corresponding builds have names like FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE-p1.

   Isses affecting the FreeBSD Ports Collection are covered in the
   FreeBSD VuXML document.

   Each branch is supported by the Security Officer for a limited
   time only, and is designated as one of `Early adopter', `Normal',
   or `Extended'.  The designation is used as a guideline for
   determining the lifetime of the branch as follows.

   Early adopter
       Releases which are published from the -CURRENT branch will be
       supported by the Security Officer for a minimum of 6 months
       after the release.

       Releases which are published from a -STABLE branch will be
       supported by the Security Officer for a minimum of 12 months
       after the release, and for sufficient additional time (if
       needed) to ensure that there is a newer release for at least
       3 months before the older Normal release expires.

       Selected releases (normally every second release plus the last
       release from each -STABLE branch) will be supported by the
       Security Officer for a minimum of 24 months after the release,
       and for sufficient additional time (if needed) to ensure that
       there is a newer Extended release for at least 3 months before
       the older Extended release expires.

   The current designation and estimated lifetimes of the currently
   supported branches are given below.  The Estimated EoL (end-of-life)
   column gives the earliest date on which that branch is likely to be
   dropped.  Please note that these dates may be extended into the
   future, but only extenuating circumstances would lead to a branch's
   support being dropped earlier than the date listed.

   |  Branch   |  Release  |  Type  |  Release date   |  Estimated EoL  |
   |RELENG_6   |n/a        |n/a     |n/a              |November 30, 2010|
   |RELENG_6_4 |6.4-RELEASE|Extended|November 28, 2008|November 30, 2010|
   |RELENG_7   |n/a        |n/a     |n/a              |last release + 2y|
   |RELENG_7_1 |7.1-RELEASE|Extended|January 4, 2009  |January 31, 2011 |
   |RELENG_7_2 |7.2-RELEASE|Normal  |May 4, 2009      |May 31, 2010     |
   |RELENG_8   |n/a        |n/a     |n/a              |last release + 2y|
   |RELENG_8_0 |8.0-RELEASE|Extended|November 25, 2009|November 30, 2010|

[End excerpt]

The upcoming FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE will receive Extended support, i.e., it
will be supported until early 2012.

- --
Colin Percival
Security Officer, FreeBSD | | The power to serve
Founder / author, Tarsnap | | Online backups for the truly paranoid
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