02. January 2003

Bugzilla Status Update

by J. Paul Reed (preed)


The Bugzilla Team is pleased to announce the release of three versions of Bugzilla today: 2.14.5, 2.16.2, and 2.17.3:

  • 2.14.5 is a maintenance release on the 2.14 branch; it contains a couple of security-related bug fixes.
    Note: this is the last 2.14.x release, as the Bugzilla Team has officially stopped supporting the 2.14 branch.

  • 2.16.2 is a maintenance release on the 2.16 branch, containing a couple of security-related bug fixes.
    It is recommended that all production installations upgrade to 2.16.2 to make sure they get the fixes for these security bugs.

  • 2.17.3 is the latest developers’ snapshot release from the trunk; it contains the above security bug fixes as well as tweaks to features in 2.17.1 (bug and attachment flags, enterprise groups, etc.). This release is a developers’ release and is not generally intended for production use.

The security bug fixes on the 2.14.x and 2.16.x branches and the trunk all address the same security bugs. These bugs address cross site scripting vulnerabilities (which the Bugzilla Team already released an announcement about), and sensitive directory and file permissions. In all cases, local server compromises aren’t possible, but unrestricted Bugzilla database access is possible.

Unfortunately, none of these release address the Win32 situation which is still unchanged.

What Happened to 2.17.2?!

Bugzilla project observers may note that we’re releasing a 2.17.3 developers’ release without having released a 2.17.2 version.

This was due to an overzealous Bugzilla developer (JayPee) who tagged the 2.17.2 release in CVS before it was quite ready to be released. Because of the holiday season and a couple of other bugs that were found, the Team decided to hold the release of 2.17.2 until after the holidays.

But, some astute users noticed the new, incorrect tag and had already started to pull it from CVS. Therefore, to minimize confusion, and signify that other patches had been checked into the tree after what had been dubbed “2.17.2” was tagged, the Team decided to bump the version number to 2.17.3.

Developers (and anyone else) do not want the 2.17.2 “release”; they want 2.17.3.

Check-in Policy Update

As Bugzilla project lead Dave Miller announced in the last status report, the Bugzilla project has changed its policies regarding check-ins. The new policy institutes an “approval” process for check-ins and comes as an addition to our existing review policy.

Previously, to check something into Bugzilla’s CVS tree, developers were only required to get the approval of one or two people on the review team. That process is now augmented by a requirement of obtaining approval on the patch from the project lead or a designee before it can be checked in. Current “designees,” if there are any, are noted in the #mozwebtools topic. This won’t amount to a code review, but rather a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether this feature or bugfix in this form at this time is the best course of action to fulfill Bugzilla’s design goals. Approvals are also being used to coordinate landing patches, so the approval flag generally won’t be set until there’s a patch ready to land. If you want to know if a patch you’re working on will likely be given approval for check-in before you expend effort on it, you can ask on the [email protected] mailing list.

Bugzilla developers and reviewers are adjusting to this new policy well, and it’s seemingly serving the Bugzilla project well. The quick release of another 2.17 developers’ snapshot, a mere six weeks after 2.17.1, provides good evidence of this.

Upcoming Major Features

The following is a list of major new features the Bugzilla Team is currently working on. You can find more information, including implementation/design discussions, proposed landing dates, and status in the bug reports below. These are also features that the Bugzilla Team would appreciate help on, so if one of the features below interests you, feel free to jump into the fray!

  • Ability to send email via SMTP instead of relying on a local installation of sendmail. (Bug 84876)
  • PostgreSQL support. (Bug 98304)
  • Sybase support. (Bug 173130)
  • Ability to add generic customized fields to bugs (Bug 91037)
  • Customized resolutions, that allow adding, removing, deactivating and renaming of resolutions. (Bug 94534)
  • Expanding the e-mail preferences to allow watching components, keywords, etc. (Bug 73665)
  • mod_perl support. (Bug 87406)
  • New makefile-based installation system (Bug 104660, Bug 105854, Bug 105855, and Bug 105856)
  • Generic charting. Allows users to define arbitrary data sets for which historical data will be recorded, and then plot those data sets. Bug 16009.

New Bugzilla Features

Re-architected Product Groups

Bug 147275, re-architected product groups, has finally landed. In the 2.17.3 release, the entire mechanism for handling groups has been revised.

It is now possible to exert much more control over how groups and products are related. In editproducts.cgi, there is now a mechanism to permit you to edit the “Group Controls” for a product and determine which groups are applicable, default, and mandatory for each product as well as controlling entry for each product and being able to set bugs in a product to be totally read-only unless some group restrictions are met.

The patch author, Joel Peshkin, has noted that all of the possible scenarios have not been anticipated and this is a new feature, so please Cc him on all bugs you file against re-architected product groups.

Some examples of advanced uses for the re-architected product groups follow:

  • Example: When several products need to be associated with the same default group (formerly a product group), instead of defining several groups with the same names as the products and managing memberships in each group, a single group can be defined to control access and that group can be set as a “Default” group for all of the products.
  • Example: If certain products are never supposed to have a publicly accessible bug, define a group of all authorized users and set the groups control for those products to indicate that the group is Mandatory/Mandatory. This will place bugs in that group without giving the user any option at all.
  • Example: Anyone can enter a security bug. Create a product for security bugs. Do not restrict entry to the product at all. However, set the Member/Nonmember permissions to Default/Mandatory for the security group. This will permit anyone to enter and members of the security group will be able to override the default group restriction while nonmembers will be forced to restrict the bug to the security group.

Replication/shadowdb removal

The shadowdb was a read only copy of Bugzilla’s database, which Bugzilla used for potentially expensive read only queries, such as from buglist.cgi. Due to MySQL’s table-level locking mechanism, long running queries block modifications and updates to the database; the shadowdb attempted to alleviate this bottleneck by creating a second database for these long running queries to use.

Previously, Bugzilla handled updates from the main database to the copy on its own by keeping track of every SQL update. These updates were then sent to the shadow database via a separate process (syncshadowdb). This process had several bugs and was inefficient.

With the landing of bug 124589, which added MySQL replication support to Bugzilla, and bug 180870, which removed the old manual syncing code, Bugzilla 2.17.3 is now able to use the replication facilities provided by the database to handle these updates. The system is now given the locations of the two databases, but leaves updating them to an alternative process. This simplifies the Bugzilla code, and enables further optimizations which were not possible when Bugzilla needed to capture all of an SQL UPDATE/INSERT command.

New “always-require-login” Parameter

This new parameter, added under bug 173761, allows administrators running commercial or sensitive Bugzilla installations to require users to present login credentials to access Bugzilla.

Bugzilla is most commonly used for open source projects, where anyone should be able to search for and view certain types of bugs. But some entities need to restrict these operations to logged in users; this parameter allows administrators to require a login on every Bugzilla page, except for the front page. If users try to access any page without login credentials (in the form of a valid login cookie) and “always-require-login” is set, they will be prompted for the information before being allowed to continue.

Attach and Reassign at Once

When developers attach patches or other attachments (testcases, etc.) to bugs, they will commonly reassign the bug to themselves shortly thereafter, since that developer is actively working on that bug. These used to be distinct steps, which generated two email messages and required Bugzilla users to attach their patch and then reassign the bug to themselves.

This patch, added as part of bug 116819 allows developers to reassign the bug to themselves and set the status to accepted during the attachment creation process. This effectively makes the above process one atomic operation, reducing bug spam and streamlining a very common process.

Trunk Checkins Since the Last Status Update


The following is a list of specific bugs fixed (and their checkin messages) since the last Bugzilla status report. It is ordered by the checkin date, as ordered by Bonsai. It includes checkins on the trunk from 11/17/2002 to 01/02/2003. This list was generated by filtering Bonsai’s output on that query.

Bold italic bugs are security-sensitive bugs.

Checkins made without reference to any specific bugs:

  • (12/28/02) Release notes update (mattyt)
  • (12/21/02) Documentation rebuild (gerv)
  • (11/21/02) Post-2.17.1 release documentation corrections (justdave)

Checkin manifest:

  • Bug 186673 - Updating section on Red Hat Bugzilla and adding last updated lines to each of the variants.
  • Bug 186962 - Update minimum versions of required software and move those versions to be ENTITY’s
  • Bug 180005 - Bring the FAQ up to date.
  • Bug 178230 - Update documentation for Entrprise Groups
  • Bug 183388 - processmail wasn’t picking up on users being added to the owner or qa contact role and was dropping emails if the user had selected to only get mail on those events.
  • Bug 186594 - $db_sock was not being exported from Bugzilla/Config.pm
  • Bug 186337 - Param lookup should fall back to defaults
  • Bug 186383 - Checksetup leaves editor backups of localconfig accessible
  • Bug 180870 - Remove old shadowdb manual replication code
  • Bug 173622 - Move template handling into a module.
  • Bug 185760 - New group system doesn’t upgrade transparently if usebuggroups = 0
  • Bug 186218 - importxml.pl was doing a query against the products table using the old schema
  • Bug 185944 - radio buttons for adding/removing groups on the change-multiple-bugs screen all had the same name
  • Bug 184949 - CSV buglists are missing the Bug ID column.
  • Bug 185332 - Rewrite the description for timezone param (typo fixes etc.)
  • Bug 158499 - Templatise XML bug output
  • Bug 116819 - Attach and Reassign in one fell swoop.
  • Bug 183188 - collectstats.pl no longer makes data/mining world-readable
  • Bug 184256 Canedit group_control_map entry does not prevent making attachments
  • Bug 184081 Change search interfaces to use Viewable products instead of enterable products
  • Bug 184336 - default urlbase parameter on new installs now points at http://you-havent-visited-editparams.cgi-yet/ to a) relieve cvs-mirror.mozilla.org of all the hits, and b) give people who receive those emails a hint what to do to fix it.
  • Bug 180955 - Remove dual-license from test files
  • Bug 184365 - link to urlbase instead of index.cgi from “Top” link in navigation toolbar.
  • Bug 86029 - create permission restrictions for createaccount.cgi (prevent people from creating accounts)
  • Bug 159627 - quips should be editable and deleteable using the web interface
  • Bug 176461 - Move descs strings from change-columns.html.tmpl tofield-descs.html.tmpl
  • Bug 183843 - Query knobs are missing if requirelogin is set
  • Bug 182946 - fix additional typo noticed on irc by tm
  • Bug 182946 - fix regressions from bug 171493(Bug.pm/show_bug.cgi/bug_form.pl reorg)
  • Bug 177850 - checksetup.pl was failing if the user didn’t have read permissions to the entire Bugzilla path
  • Bug 178880 - Creation date is now displayed in the long list.
  • Bug 182512 - Charts over time broken
  • Bug 181951 - Cannot delete groups
  • Bug 171493 - make show_bug use Bug.pm and remove bug_form.pl
  • Bug 67077 - We now include the timezone (as configured in editparams.cgi) on every time we display.
  • Bug 173761 Need ability to always require login
  • Bug 114179 - Concentration, improvement, and templatisation of Bugzilla general user help system.
  • Bug 181221 - CSV reports on 2-d tables have header messed up.
  • Bug 181960 Reason for account being disabled is not shown
  • Bug 180460 request.cgi doesn’t filter list of products/components
  • Bug 181582 - reorders the table cells on the query page so that the list headers are grouped with the lists in Links and whenused with voice synthesis packages.
  • Bug 147275 Rearchitect product groups
  • Bug 180980 Doing 2 email searches fails when searching for CC list members
  • Bug 180966 - warnings in webserver error log (take 2)
  • Bug 181613 - $::ENV not being cleared
  • Bug 181182 - Reporting fix pack 2. Fixes bug 179198 (Don’t print labels for pie chart wedges when smaller than a certain size), bug 180255 (Tabular report CSV downloads should suggest csv filename), and bug 180967 (csv reports swap rows/columns).
  • Bug 181286 - Invalid html in banner.html.tmpl
  • Bug 179483 - Guided template displays wrong product name sometimes.
  • Bug 179582 - More informative and easier to read flag email template
  • Bug 179293 - time tracking js should only appear if time tracking isenabled
  • Bug 181000 - Lock the keyworddefs table for READ when using a shadowdb, too
  • Bug 180978 - Adding keyword from enter_bug doesn’t update keyword cache
  • Bug 179811, used & instead of &
  • Bug 124589 - support database replication
  • Bug 179881 - makes the “Requests” link in the footer be “My Requests” for logged in users.
  • Bug 179876 - Labels the “Requestee” field to reduce confusion about its purpose.
  • Bug 175579 - make templates html compliant
  • Bug 179206 - enter_bug isn’t picking up version from URL
  • Bug 180545 - It was possible to change the product/component of a bug without having the editbugs permission.
  • Bug 179960 - QuickSearch queries are slow and timeoutfixed by adding subselect emulation for product/component lookups
  • Bug 180205 - General reporting fixes.
  • Bug 180151 - Grand total links are messed up when axis is restricted,
  • Bug 180105 - CSV reports occasionally break,
  • Bug 179671 - Boolean charts are broken on reporting pages,
  • Bug 179887 - report.cgi should require Data::Dumper , not use
  • Bug 179581 - Keyword combinations report not very useful.
  • Bug 180444 - Correctly attributes request creation to person who submitted it.
  • Bug 180632 - corrects reference flag->is_requesteeble to flag->type->is_requesteeble
  • Last part of fix for bug 179494 - adds “use Bugzilla::Util” and removes “&::” from before “trim” per bbaetz.
  • Bug 179494 - prevents Bugzilla from thinking users have changed flags when they haven’t.
  • Bug 180544 - prevents display of requestee field for generally requestable fields.

2.16 & 2.14 Branch Checkins Since the Last Status Update

The following is a list of specific bugs fixed (and their checkin messages) since the last Bugzilla status report. It is ordered by the checkin date, as ordered by Bonsai. It includes checkins on the 2.14 and 2.16 branches from 11/17/2002 to 01/02/2003. This list was generated by filtering Bonsai’s output on that query (contains both branches).

Bold italic bugs are security-sensitive bugs.

Checkins made without reference to any specific bugs:

  • Versions numbers were bumped and release notes updated for both branches

Checkin manifest:

  • Bug 186383 - Checksetup leaves editor backups of localconfig accessible
  • Bug 183188 - collectstats.pl no longer makes data/mining world-readable
  • Bug 179329 - filter quips in “show all the quips” for HTML