[Reportbug-maint] Bug#543815: Processed: Bug#543815: Establishing a "Severity" rating

Julien Cristau jcristau at debian.org
Tue Sep 1 17:09:20 UTC 2009

On Tue, Sep  1, 2009 at 18:25:20 +0200, Moritz Muehlenhoff wrote:

> The problem is that the standard severities cannot be mapped 1:1 on
> the kernel package. Since the kernel is the core component of 99%
> of all Debian systems, it's in the nature of the beast that any
> problem which makes a system unbootable renders the package unusable
> for the person filing the bug and the default descriptions lead bug
> reporters to believe that grave or above is the correct severity.

A solution might be for the kernel packages to include the below
information in a 'presubj' file to be shown by reportbug?

> As far as the kernel is concerned, the severies applied by current
> practice are more or less:
> critical:
> - bugs leading to data loss on a wide range of systems
> grave:
> - security bugs leading to remote denial of service or local privilege
>   escalation
> - bugs which make the package unusable on a wide range of systems
> serious:
> - a severe violation of Debian policy (as in the standard severities)
> important:
> - bugs which render some systems (e.g. a certain model or systems
> with a specific adaptor/device) unusable
> normal to wishlist are treated as in standard policies.
> Since this is a common mistake, it might be a good idea to display
> different descriptions when filing a bug against the linux-2.6
> source package. This is what Maks's bug report is about.


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