Friday, March 03, 2006

Other uses for binpatch

binpatch was conceived as a mean to create binary patches on one system with the intention of applying them on as many hosts as we need. It has helped me to maintain firewalls that wouldn't be able to patch by source (lack of disk space, CPU power, ...)

However, binpatch was recently being tried by Mike Erdely as a way to create a binary distribution for OpenSSH. With a creative approach, he built a "binary patch" to upgrade OpenSSH to 4.3 on any other server, avoiding the need to build OpenSSH on every system.

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