How Not To Fix A Security Bug

In which I am disappointed by a security vulnerability in Ruby.

14 Jun 2009

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This is not a coordinated disclosure. This is a clusterfuck. If you are responsible for running a secure MRI/Ruby installation, your only hope is to pay attention to all changes made to Ruby’s trunk and backport any fixes yourself. Depending on your operating system vendor is not a viable strategy, as downstream vendors are not given sufficient advance warning and are presented with fixes which introduce other bugs or do not apply cleanly to the last released version.

Updated June 16th, 2009