Bug#987924: unblock: exim4/4.94-19

Andreas Metzler ametzler at bebt.de
Sun May 2 07:16:22 BST 2021

Package: release.debian.org
Severity: normal
User: release.debian.org at packages.debian.org
Usertags: unblock
X-Debbugs-Cc: exim4 at packages.debian.org


Please consider exim4/4.94-19 for bullseye. Due to the newly introduced
tainting mechanism exim upgrades from buster to bullseye currently
require a lockstep upgrade of configuration file and exim binary. The new
binary will not run with the old configuration and vice versa. -19
brings a patch that adds an option ("allow_insecure_tainted_data") to let
the new daemon work with the old configuration at the price of spamming the

-19 adds the option but has it disabled by default. I thought it fit
better to _require_ handholding /now/ at dist-upgrade time. I am open to
strong opinions to switch it on by default.

I would appreciate a timely feedback on this review request. There is a
security release scheduled for May 4th
and I would like to be able prepare an upload and have it propagate to
testing ASAP (on the same day!) and not have to discuss
"allow_insecure_tainted_data", then. If you do not think that it is
possible/wise to accept allow_insecure_tainted_data that quickly I will
base the upload for the security release on -17 and will temporarily revert

unblock exim4/4.94-19

TIA, cu Andreas
`What a good friend you are to him, Dr. Maturin. His other friends are
so grateful to you.'
`I sew his ears on from time to time, sure'
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