Here is my monthly update covering what I have been doing in the free software world during April 2019 (previous month):
It was my last month in my tenure as Debian Project Leader after two years in the post. Thank you so much for all the support and kind words that I received in the past few weeks and congratulations to Sam Hartman for being elected to the post for the upcoming year.
Attended the foss-north.se conference in Gothenburg, Sweden where I gave a talk entitled "What can free software learn from classical music?". As part of this, I also organised a Debian Bug Squashing Party as part of the conference's Community Day — thanks to Kuro Studio for their hospitality.
For the Tails privacy-oriented operating system, I attended an in-person sprint in France where I worked on countless issues, features and adjacent concerns regarding the move to Debian "buster".
As part of my duties of being on the board of directors of the Open Source Initiative I attended our monthy board meeting, participated in various licensing discussions occurring on the internet, etc.
Opened a pull request against the django-q task queue for projects using the Django web framework project in order to inline a Python import. This prevents circular imports under some toolchain combinations. [...]
More hacking on the Lintian static analysis tool for Debian packages, including:
- Correct false-positives in the
missing-systemd-timer-for-cron-scripttag due to an incorrect regular expression. (#927970)
- Don't check for the
SafeSEH" hardening feature for code that is JIT-compiled by the Mono runtime. (#926334)
- Triaged and accepted a huge number of patches and merge requests that had accumulated, adding a large number of new tags, updating systemd hardening flags [...], etc.
- Correct false-positives in the
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Categorised a huge number of packages and issues in the Reproducible Builds "notes" repository.
I also made the following changes to diffoscope, our in-depth and content-aware diff utility that can locate and diagnose reproducibility issues:
- Add support for semantic comparison of GnuPG "keybox" (
.kbx) files. (#871244)
- Treat missing tools as failures if a "magic" environment variable is detected in order to faciliate interpreting required tools on the Debian autopkgtests as actual test failures, rather than skipping them. The behaviour of the existing testsuite remains unchanged. (#905885)
- Filed a "request for packaging" for the annocheck tool which can be used to "analyse an application's compilation". This is as part of an outstanding wishlist issue. (#926470)
- Consolidated on a single alias as the exception value across the entire codebase. [...]
I spent a considerable amount of time our website this month too, including:
- Using an explicit "draft" boolean flag for posts. Jekyll in Debian stable silently (!) does not support the
- Moving more pages away from the old design with HTML to Markdown formatting and the new design template. [...]
- Addding a simple Makefile to implicitly document how to build the site [...] and add a simple
.gitlab-ci.ymlto test branches/builds [...].
- Adding as simple "lint" command so we can see how many pages are using the old style. [...]
- Adding an explicit link to our "Who is involved?" page in the footer of the newer design [...] and add a link to donation page [...].
- Moved various bits of infrastructure to support a monthly report structure. [...]
Finally, I made the following changes to strip-nondeterminism, our tool to remove specific non-deterministic results from a completed build:
Archive::Zip's incorrect handling of the
localExtraFieldclass member field by monkey-patching the accessor methods to always return normalised values. This fixes the normalisation of Unix ownership metadata within
- Actually check the return status from
Archive::Zipwhen writing file to disk. [...]
- Catch an edge-case where we can't parse the length of a particular field within
Investigated and triaged
sqlite3(CVE-2018-20506). I also wrote a work-in-progress/initial patch for CVE-2019-0217 in
Frontdesk duties, responding to user/developer questions, reviewing others' packages and changes. I also was part of discussions regarding potential marketing material for DebConf19.
Issued DLA 1756-1 in the
libxsltXML transformation library to prevent an authentication bypass vulnerability.
Issued ELA-108-1 for the PHP programming language to fix two heap-buffer overflow vulnerabilities.
- python-django (
2:2.2-1) — New upstream release.
- python-redis (
3.2.1-2) — Drop marking previously-failing autopkgtests as
XFAILthat were introduced to workaround Debian bug #914800.
- bfs (
1.4-1) — New upstream release.
- lastpass-cli (
1.3.3-1) — New upstream release.
As a Debian FTP assistant I ACCEPTed 30 packages: easygen, faudio, golang-github-anmitsu-go-shlex, golang-github-apparentlymart-go-cidr, golang-github-apparentlymart-go-rundeck-api, golang-github-corpix-uarand, golang-github-cyberdelia-heroku-go, golang-github-emirpasic-gods, golang-github-facebookgo-inject, golang-github-fzambia-sentinel, golang-github-gliderlabs-ssh, golang-github-hashicorp-go-safetemp, golang-github-hmrc-vmware-govcd, golang-github-icrowley-fake, golang-github-jesseduffield-gocui, golang-github-jesseduffield-pty, golang-github-jesseduffield-termbox-go, golang-github-kevinburke-ssh-config, golang-github-michaeltjones-walk, golang-github-nozzle-throttler, golang-github-stvp-roll, golang-github-willf-bloom, golang-gopkg-src-d-go-billy.v4, libdmtx, openjdk-13, pmdk-convert, python-deprecated, python-django-debreach, qgis & redfishtool.