Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:06:22 -0400 From: Michael Gilbert <michael.s.gilbert@...il.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Closed list Michael Gilbert wrote: > Solar Designer wrote: > > > On Sun, Apr 03, 2011 at 08:11:11PM -0400, Michael Gilbert wrote: > > > Benji's trolling does raise a couple real issues. The private keys and > > > passphrases of those responding here have now become highly lucrative > > > targets for attackers. Hence, everyone on this new list needs to use > > > good practices to keep their keys, hard drives, and computers safe. > > > There should probably be some common guidelines for key safety for all > > > participants. > > > > Right. We're likely to specify some minimum requirements. For example, > > Mike's 512-bit RSA key won't be allowed. (It is OK for testing, but not > > when we use the list for real. Yet this is an improvement over the > > plaintext vendor-sec and plaintext CC lists anyway.) Maybe storage of > > private keys on a server won't be allowed (but we'd have to trust > > members on that). > > > > > Perhaps all discussions should be published in the open > > > something like 2 months after the initial posting? That would be a > > > kind of maximum private coordination period. > > > > Yes, we may do this. Technically, an archive may be implemented as yet > > another subscriber with its public key, where the private key > > counterpart is not stored on any server and has a passphrase on it. > > Thus, a possible compromise of the list server won't reveal past > > messages (archived before the compromise, but not yet made public). > > > > Pushing the archive public will then be a manual process, but that's OK > > if it's only done once a month (omitting the last month's worth of > > messages). In fact, a posting to oss-security will need to be made > > whenever the public archive is updated. > > Wouldn't the easiest solution be to have a cron job check that the age > of the message is greater than X days, decrypt it, and mail it to a > different archive/public list? Actually, the ideal destination would be oss-sec itself. Best wishes, Mike
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