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Improve the maintenance policy page



Make clear that we may backport bug fixes to the previous stable
release.
Signed-off-by: default avatarRémy Coutable <remy@rymai.me>
parent 10eabe0c09fa
......@@ -19,24 +19,30 @@ For example, for GitLab version 10.5.7:
* `5` represents minor version
* `7` represents patch number
## Security releases
## Patch releases
The current stable release will receive security patches and bug fixes
(eg. `8.9.0` -> `8.9.1`).
Patch releases usually only include bug fixes and are only done for the current
stable release. That said, in some cases, we may backport it to previous stable
release, depending on the severity of the bug.
Feature releases will mark the next supported stable
release where the minor version is increased numerically by increments of one
(eg. `8.9 -> 8.10`).
For instance, if we release `10.1.1` with a fix for a severe bug introduced in
`10.0.0`, we could backport the fix to a new `10.0.x` patch release.
Our current policy is to support one stable release at any given time.
For medium-level security issues, we may consider backporting to the previous two
### Security releases
Security releases are a special kind of patch release that only include security
fixes and patches (see below).
Our current policy is to support one stable release at any given time, but for
medium-level security issues, we may backport security fixes to the previous two
monthly releases.
For very serious security issues, there is [precedent](https://about.gitlab.com/2016/05/02/cve-2016-4340-patches/)
to backport security fixes to even more monthly releases of GitLab. This decision
is made on a case-by-case basis.
For very serious security issues, there is
[precedent](https://about.gitlab.com/2016/05/02/cve-2016-4340-patches/)
to backport security fixes to even more monthly releases of GitLab.
This decision is made on a case-by-case basis.
## Version support
## Upgrade recommendations
We encourage everyone to run the latest stable release to ensure that you can
easily upgrade to the most secure and feature-rich GitLab experience. In order
......@@ -70,7 +76,6 @@ Please see the table below for some examples:
| -------------- | ------------ | ------------------------ | ---------------- |
| 9.4.5 | 8.13.4 | `8.13.4` -> `8.17.7` -> `9.4.5` | `8.17.7` is the last version in version `8` |
| 10.1.4 | 8.13.4 | `8.13.4` -> `8.17.7` -> `9.5.8` -> `10.1.4` | `8.17.7` is the last version in version `8`, `9.5.8` is the last version in version `9` |
|
More information about the release procedures can be found in our
[release-tools documentation][rel]. You may also want to read our
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