The advisories tend to be a thorough look at the problem, and certainly take time to prepare. In an attempt to be more timely with security issues, Advisories are being split into two parts: Notices and Adivisories. The former are new and are to be used to notify of third party software security issues. Advisories, then, are left for FreeBSD specific issues and will retain their comprehensive format.
From: FreeBSD Security Advisories
To: FreeBSD Security Advisories
Subject: NEW: FreeBSD Security Notices
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 07:08:57 -0800 (PST)
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Historically, FreeBSD Security Advisories have been used to report
security issues found in the base system, and high-risk issues related
to third-party applications available in the Ports Collection.
The FreeBSD Security Officer Team will now be issuing Security Notices
in addition to Security Advisories. While Security Advisories will
continue to be the team's focus, the Security Notices will provide a
channel for communicating issues that have been previously publicized.
In particular, problems reported with applications in the Ports
Collection that are not FreeBSD-specific are likely to be reported in
a Security Notice. FreeBSD makes no claim about the security of these
We expect that this will allow the FreeBSD Security Officer Team to
cover more issues --- especially in third-party software --- in a more
timely fashion, while reserving full Security Advisories for problems
in FreeBSD itself or that only affect FreeBSD.
The FreeBSD Security Officer Team.
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