[sudo-workers] Verifying the licenses of sudo 1.8.4.

Todd C. Miller Todd.Miller at courtesan.com
Tue Feb 28 09:37:03 EST 2012

On Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:12:24 PST, Scott Garman wrote:

> I'm the maintainer of the sudo build recipe for the Yocto Project, a 
> framework and build system for embedded Linux images (yoctoproject.org). 
> I noticed some license-related changes in the release of sudo 1.8.4 and 
> wanted to verify that we are stating the correct licenses in our build 
> recipe.
> Currently, we list ISC, UCB, and Zlib licenses for sudo.
> I noticed that the doc/LICENSE file now removes specific references to 
> ISC and UCB, and mentions an additional separate license for redblack.c, 
> whose header comments make mention of VMWare.

In sudo 1.8.4 the UCB fnmatch.c has been replaced with a non-recursive
BSD-licensed version that is copyright VMWare (the same version is
now being used by apr).  Note that this is only used on systems
without a proper fnmatch(), the fnmatch() in glibc is fine.

The missing redblack.c license was an omission on my part dating
back to sudo 1.7.

> Can a lead maintainer confirm what we have is correct, or suggest what 
> we should change the licenses to?

The main sudo license is still ISC and the other parts are (new)
BSD-style licenses.

 - todd

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