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Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:04:06 -0500
From: Jon Oberheide <>
Subject: Re: Linux kernel address leaks

On Tue, 2010-11-23 at 09:59 +0100, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote: 
> On lun., 2010-11-22 at 18:54 -0500, Michael Gilbert wrote:
> > Oh, and if you get CVEs assigned, that kind of forces them to fix the
> > problem, right?
> > 
> I'm not that sure (there are CVEs for issues considered too small by the
> developers involved, not only in Linux, which are still opened), and I'm
> not sure using CVE system for “blackmailing” is a good usage for that
> tool.

I think calling it "blackmail" is a bit hyperbolic. Rather, it's simply
the next step in the vulnerability disclosure process: (1) research
reports vulnerability to vendor; (2) vendor refuses to fix
vulnerability; (3) research discloses vulnerability and requests CVE.

Am I correct in assuming that it is acceptable procedure to assign CVEs
to unpatched vulnerabilities?

Jon Oberheide

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