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I, Marc Deslauriers, apply for MOTU.


Marc Deslauriers

Launchpad Page


Wiki Page


Who I am

I am from Lévis, Québec, Canada, and have been working for Canonical Ltd. as a Ubuntu Security Engineer since November 2008. Previous to working for Canonical, I was a security and open-source consultant.

My Ubuntu story

I have been a Linux user since 1997.

I first tried Ubuntu when Breezy Badger came out, and was immediately impressed with the large quantity of packages in the repositories. For the Linux distribution I was using at the time, I had to maintain a large number of packages for my own use in order to get everything I needed. With Ubuntu, everything was already in the repositories, save for a few exceptions.

Since my packaging experience at that time was limited to building rpms, I started looking into deb packaging. By the time Dapper Drake came out, I switched to Ubuntu as my preferred distribution.

My involvement

I mainly do the following:

  • Triage security issues and CVE numbers in Ubuntu
  • Maintain the Ubuntu CVE Tracker
  • Produce updates packages that include security fixes
  • Backport upstream security patches to older releases we support
  • Write test scripts for all updates we publish
  • Write and publish Ubuntu Security Notices (USN)
  • Participate in the Security Team wiki, and roadmap
  • Develop active security features in Ubuntu
  • Participate with other teams on security issues

Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of

My launchpad page contains a list of bugs and packages I'm currently working on. This page contains some additional package information.

A list of Ubuntu Security Advisories I've published is available here.

I am one of the main contributors to the Ubuntu CVE Tracker and the QA Regression Testing tools.

I added a feature to the aide application to simplify reports by filtering files that got changed by security updates. See the Specification.

I am currently working on getting AppArmor support integrated into apache and our web application packages. See the Specification.

In my own time, I have produced security updates for packages in Universe, such as phpmyadmin and vlc.

Things I could do better

I would like to spend more time writing documentation.

Plans for the future


I plan on continuing to produce high-quality security updates for packages in Ubuntu.

One of the areas I would like to work on in the future is to get a stronger Ubuntu security community going to try and address the large number of security vulnerabilities in Universe and Multiverse packages.

I would also like to get more involved in the authentication and smart card features of Ubuntu.

What I like least in Ubuntu

One of the things I like the least in Ubuntu right now, is the lack of a complete out-of-the-box solution for addressing typical security requirements for enterprise use. This includes secure authentication, logging, delegated administrative control, desktop lock-down, etc.

I would like to get more involved into producing use cases, documentation, and blueprints for enterprise usage.


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