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Hidden Linux kernel security fixes spotted before release – by using developer chatter as a side channel


"The only way of hiding such work then is if there's also a closed source repo hidden away from the public eye. That raises all sorts of challenges, like who is allowed inside that private bubble, and is it breaking the license conditions by hiding it?"

If the hidden repo is kept separate from the daily release then obviously it is not violating license conditions because it's used privately for testing. The reason that's not done is because the extra management would a be a PITA.

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