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Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:44:09 +0100
From: Ludwig Nussel <>
Cc: David King <>,
	Mark McLoughlin <>,
	David Woodhouse <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request / Discussion -- vino -- reports the desktop being reachable only over the local network, when reachable from everywhere

Jan Lieskovsky wrote:
> Hello Josh, Steve, David, vendors,
>    this is due the following vino deficiency:
>    [1]
>    [2]
> As noted in [1] Vino may incorrectly report, that relevant user desktop
> is reachable only over local network, when in fact it's reachable from everywhere.
> As this is issue slightly on the border, not sure it should receive a CVE identifier,
> so Cc-ed David Woodhouse to elaborate more on issue impact if necessary.
> Under my opinion, the trust boundary is crossed (it is wrongly reported to the the user, they
> have a secure setup, when they do not have it and otherwise would perform steps to correct the
> settings). But left the final decision for further discussion.
> What are the thoughts of the others? Should this one get a CVE identifier or not?

Claiming that the system is only reachable via local network while
it's not doesn't sound correct to me either. However, how would a
fix look like? A program basically can't know nor reliably determine
whether it's reachable from outside. Private IP addresses are no
indication either. So the only sane thing seems to be to not make
any claims about local networks and just list the IP addresses/host
names of the system.


 (o_   Ludwig Nussel
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, GF: Markus Rex, HRB 16746 (AG Nuernberg)

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