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Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 17:45:40 -0800
From: "Zach W." <>
Cc: Art Manion <>, Kurt Seifried <>,
 cve-editorial-board-list <>
Subject: Re: RE: Concerns about CVE coverage shrinking - direct
 impact to researchers/companies

I agree. I've been in the same boat as Hanno. In one case, I even sent a
request to both oss-sec and cve-assign about an open source platform
called OSMC, and got a response off-list that was just like the one seen
in Kurt's original email. I asked for clarification and for them to
address both me and the list and I never got a response. That was over a
month ago.

I'm sure Hanno and I are not the only ones. Thank you Kurt for bringing
this up.

Zach W.

On 3/4/2016 4:07 PM, Tim wrote:
>> The level of frustration in the research community has been growing,
>> with steady calls for a new CVE-like solution that is designed to
>> address these needs in a more effective way. I greatly appreciate the
>> work that has been done, but at this point CVE is becoming less
>> useful, less relevant - if this isn't addressed, my expectation is
>> that a CVE-like solution will be adopted by the community, and
>> researchers will begin moving away from requesting CVEs.
> The CVE system is clearly breaking down.
> I think we need a system that is less moderated and more content
> driven.  I imagine a simple site, which looks like a stripped-down bug
> tracker.  Let's suppose it acts like this:
> * Any researcher can post "claims" about vulnerabilities.  This
>   assigns an identifier immediately.
> * Claims about vulnerabilities may be reviewed, eventually, by an
>   authority whose job it is to be sure the claim is associated
>   properly with a real product/version and that the product owners are
>   notified through an automated process (e.g. "security@...").
> * Product owners can respond to claims, which will appear along side
>   the claim.  Links to patches or refutations can be included.
> * No moderation required.  Let the public decide if they believe the
>   researcher or vendor.  If a moderator does bother to look over the
>   content, they could deduplicate/link issues together and address any
>   confusion, but beyond that, it isn't their job to decide what is a
>   vulnerability and what isn't.
> * All information posted in this system exists publicly forever.
>   Links to external content (that isn't well represented in the
>   posting) are frowned upon, since the Internet Archive clearly can't
>   keep up with everything.  We need an archive that doesn't go away.
> Ok, beat it up.
> tim

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