- Worse is better general Mercurial binary diff
- Rsync is also a great tool for binary updates
Despite what GNU and opensource projects think, statically built apps are the way to go.
Security benefits of statically built binaries
Shared libraries are often touted as being good for security. No need to rebuild, you just replace the binary and everything linked to say an updated libpng.so gets the security fix.
Likewise one security problem in a shared library makes all the binaries dependent on it vulnerable.
The good security benefit of statically built libararies is that you elimate the library path. So you can't hack binaries like so:
Or perhaps a binary with setuid right escalation.
Also since statically built binaries only compile in the object code they actually use from the library, the surface area of the attack is greatly reduced.
As we've seen in the last couple of months, updates to libjpeg and libpng can also involve ABI changes, meaning complete rebuilds in any case.
Please read the stali FAQ for more argumentation.