Linus Torvalds requests no more patches be submitted – for now, Security hole fix coming soon

Linus Torvalds spoke to the Linux-kernel mailing list:

I’m getting my mailbox filled up with new patches, apparently
because people believe that I will start applying them again just
because 2.2.0 is out. That is NOT so.

2.2.0 may be out, but we’re still in “serious bugfixes only”
mode – and will be so for all of the 2.2.x series until I open up
2.3.x. I’m not interested in patches unless you can clearly show
that the patches fix a _serious_ bug.

Basically, I don’t expect to release a 2.2.1 in several weeks,
unless something _really_ bad comes up. And even then, 2.2.1 will
just be a serious fix release – there is absolutely no point in
sending me patches now that you wouldn’t have sent for

I’m just deleting any patches I see that are not obvious
show-stoppers, and I’m ignoring any bug-reports for anything but
2.2.0 – this means that I’m not interested in reports about
2.2.0ac1 or anything else with any non-standard patches (the only
patch I suggest you apply is the “ess” compilation bug, and even
that can be worked around by just compiling as a module).

Basically, you have to realize that it takes at least a month
for people to really have pounded on 2.2.0, and before it has been
seriously tested to find any show-stoppers, I’m not interested in
cosmetic fixes (even if they are “real” bugs, they have to have a
serious impact on testing basic stability for me to care).

In short: let us find the _real_ problems first. Further
development is stopped intil that happens, because I’m NOT willing
to have any new interactions until all the old ones are


Alan Cox piped up with:

“IMHO the any user can crash the machine by running a core dump
fix is a bad bug. I’d like to see a 2.2.1 with just that and the
ess fix pair in it (there’s another one liner compile fix for the
Alpha) – add to sb_ess.c. I don’t care that much about the Alpha
one liner (sorry Alpha owners)”

Linus’ response:

Yes. The bug Ingo found _is_ a show-stopper. But if you actually
read my email, you would have seen the “unless there is a
showstopper” caveat. It seems we will make a 2.2.1 within days, but
it’s only going to contain those kinds of fixes.

That doesn’t change the basic issue – I’m _not_ interested in
anything _but_ showstoppers at this point, and I won’t be for a few
more weeks.

So, expect a fix for this security bug in a few days. -lt