On Mon, 12 Feb 2007, Tom Lane wrote:

> Jeremy Drake <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > On Mon, 12 Feb 2007, Teodor Sigaev wrote:
> >> Fix backend crash in parsing incorrect tsquery.
> > Is this a security issue?  Does it need a new security release?
> We looked at this and determined that the worst that could be done with
> it is crash the backend.  Which is annoying, but if we treated every
> such bug as a security exercise then we'd be having a new release every
> week or so.  Core's current policy is that we'll consider a bug worthy
> of a security release if it can be used to force execution of arbitrary
> code, access otherwise-unavailable information, etc.  A simple crash is
> at worst a momentary denial of service to other DB users, and if you've
> got the ability to issue arbitrary SQL there are lots of ways to create
> denial-of-service situations of one magnitude or another.
> Also, recent history should impress on you the disadvantages of treating
> problems as security exercises: patches that go in without any public
> review or testing are far more likely to create new problems than those
> that go through the normal process.  So setting a low bar for what
> constitutes a security issue is likely to decrease the system's overall
> reliability.

I understand.  This is reasonable.  I am glad that this was considered,
and weighed against the same policy as core.

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                -- Bertolt Brecht, "Life of Galileo"

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