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I'm going to install Shorewall on a Debian stable Linux box. The shorewall version in the stable repositories is 4.6.4.3-2.

Shorewall website suggests to pin apt preferences and force the download of the new Shorewall version from testing repos.

Package: shorewall
Pin: release o=Debian,a=testing
Pin-Priority: 700

Have you ever done something like that and do you think it is safe?

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Yes, it's a common way if one is running Debian stable, but needs a more recent version of a specific software. The backports mechanism is the way to go, but there are no backports provided for shorewall. So, go ahead and guck luck; I'm quite sure it will work flawlessly.

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