I run freebsd-update and my cvsup configuration uses "*default release=cvs
tag=.".  I am actually following security branch, since I do not recompile
the kernel, right?  This cvs tag only matters if I compile the kernel,

If you are using freebsd-update then you are following the security branch.

Even if you were using cvs and had to recompile the kernel (coz of some patch there) you would still be following the security branch (**if** you are tracking the security branch, that is).

In FreeBSD, the base system and the 3rd party apps are separate. The base system has the concept of branches. The 3rd party apps (ports) are shared amongst all, there's no concept of branches. So you can't just follow security updates for the 3rd party apps.


                                - Rakhesh
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