Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:09:11 +0100 From: Andrea Barisani <lcars@...rt.org> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Vendor-sec hosting and future of closed lists On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 11:28:14PM -0400, Mike O'Connor wrote: > [catching up on old email] > > :> > As suggested by Josh Bressers oCERT would be favourable to providing a > :> > system that would accept user submission and allow selection of security > :> > contacts from our existing member database as well as other verified > :> > contacts. > > ... > > :It all depends on how this process is going to be handled. I can see oCERT > :helping in routing reports to the proper contacts via email to our trusted > :member contacts as well as external ones that we can seek on a report basis. > > What I've observed is that some times, the reporter or coordinator > doesn't have a good idea of the scope of their issue. To cite some > real-world examples involving folks who I thought would know better: > > 1) no, BSD networking isn't just in Free/Net/OpenBSD > 2) no, ONC RPC just isn't in Sun products > 3) no, a RH-specific kernel issue is a general Linux kernel issue > > Scoping issues isn't always easy. How do you know whether I backported > some bleeding-edge fix with broken security implications into one of the > OSes I care about last week? Sometimes, I'll need specific info just to > confirm that I don't care about the issue. Scoping is one of the things > that vendor-sec was occasionally quite helpful with. > Putting reports within the proper context and hunting down all occurrences of affected code in other projects has been one of oCERT goals from the beginning. I agree 100% that reporters often do not have this knowledge or do not care about making the effort in scoping things in depth, that's exactly why oCERT was created. > -- > Michael J. O'Connor mjo@...o.mi.org > =--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--==--= > "I'd be terrific! Colossal! Stupendous! Mediocre even!" -Babs Bunny -- Andrea Barisani | Founder & Project Coordinator oCERT | Open Source Computer Emergency Response Team <lcars@...rt.org> http://www.ocert.org 0x864C9B9E 0A76 074A 02CD E989 CE7F AC3F DA47 578E 864C 9B9E "Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate"
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