On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 02:05:29PM -0400, Brad Mettee wrote: > If a system is stable and ports are up to date, serving mail & web pages as > needed, is there any reason to update from this: > FreeBSD ns1.pchotshots.com 7.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE #0: Sun Feb 24 > 10:35:36 UTC > 2008 r...@driscoll.cse.buffalo.edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC amd64 > > To something newer? (like 7.2 stable) > > Would there be any noticeable benefit from an update? It depends. There are vulnerabilities in kernel and userland fixed between 7.0-RELEASE and 7.2-RELEASE-p2. See http://security.freebsd.org/advisories.html If any of these vulneratbilities affect your system you should see if there are workarounds mentioned. If not it would be best to upgrade.
If you subscribe tot the freebsd-announce mailing-list, you'll be warned when a vulnerability is found. You can then judge if it is wise to apply the fix. In general, I would follow the minor version branch (RELENG_7_X, 7.2-RELEASE-pX) to pick up fixes for vulnerabilities. Roland -- R.F.Smith http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated] pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)
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