Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 03:13:50 +0400 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: non-Linux advance notification list All - On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 02:56:22AM +0400, Solar Designer wrote: > OK, now this is starting to look about as ridiculous as the old "closed > list" thread did. ;-) I am approving these messages so far in part > because I think they serve as (valid) criticism of the idea of such > lists, even if the senders did not intend such meaning. I have mixed > feelings about these advance notification lists myself. Oh, I think I need to clarify. By "these messages" above, I mean closed list membership requests that lack justification. I can see how my positive reply to Tim's message might have created the false impression that no justification was required. In fact, NetBSD/pkgsrc had previously expressed interest in being on such a list (during the "closed list" thread from half a year ago), Tim posted from his @pkgsrc address, and I verified that he was credited for pkgsrc security work just recently: http://mail-index.netbsd.org/current-users/2011/10/03/msg017924.html "pkgsrc security: OBATA Akio, Guillaume Lasmayous, Fredrik Pettai, Tim Zingelman" None of these things were true for Joost's and Michael's requests - so I had no better choice than to ask them for justification. It'd help avoid any confusion like that if further requests include justification in a more explicit form, even when the sender can reasonably expect that I'd recognize their OS and themselves and their involvement in security work for their OS. While I did recall past discussions and notice the @pkgsrc address, not everyone did, which clearly caused confusion. Thanks, Alexander
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