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Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 04:07:15 +0000
From: "Menkhus, Mark (GSE Security HP SSRT)" <>
To: "" <>
Subject: RE: Vendor-sec hosting and future of closed lists

Mike has an interesting idea, of opening the archives after a period of
time.  The embargoes in vendor-sec were typically weeks, but I don't recall
the longest one.  I too favor opening the vendor-sec archives after a while,
maybe quarterly.

Not being the one fixing the code for our kernel left me with little to
immediately contribute, but I requested and coordinated with several folks
who got vendor sec for HP.  Likely, we would still want to be part of

Most importantly, we would be glad to restate our need to continue to
participate based on the new ground rules of whomever administers the new
vendor-sec.  FWIW, I understand our largely silent participation in
vendor-sec was annoying to folks looking at code, assessing risk, and
suggesting fixes.  If there is something we could contribute, I'll encourage
us not to be as shy.

-Mark Menkhus
Hewlett Packard Software Security Response Team

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike O'Connor []
> Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 9:01 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [oss-security] Vendor-sec hosting and future of closed
> lists
> [catching up on older emails]
> :> > They do this already today, that's what is
> for, and
> :> > it gets a bit of traffic like this every week.
> :>
> :> Is this list open to the public?  It doesn't seem to be available on
> :>
> :
> :No, it is closed, as it should be as potential security problems are
> :mailed there.  You don't want that to be totally open, right?
> One suggestion I've made in the past is to have the list _archives_ be
> open.  So anything older than, say, a month is made public.  That way,
> folks can see how issues were disclosed, how decisions were reached,
> etc.  for old issues that are no longer under embargo.  The way I see
> it, if we don't publish the list archive on our own terms, miscreants
> will get around to publishing it for us.
> --
>  Michael J. O'Connor
>  =--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==-
> -==--=
> "Why make trillions when we could make... billions?"                -
> Dr. Evil

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