As you probably know, Sun is now offering support for the OpenSolaris distribution. This means that critical bug fixes will be made in versions of packages that can be installed on prior releases of OpenSolaris. That mechanism is coming online right now, and I was the first person to integrate a fix into the newly created source tree for the 2008.05 release of OpenSolaris. I can’t tell you just yet what the fix is, because it is a critical security related fix, and we have to co-ordinate the release of the info about the bug and the binary fix itself for all supported releases in order to avoid the “zero-day” effect.
Let me tell you, making co-ordinated fixes like this is a lot of work. I had to create the fix for this bug for six (6!) different releases simultaneously. We have to have all the patches, packages and the SunAlert all ready to go at the same time. Phew!