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Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 08:50:40 -0700
From: Kurt Seifried <>
CC: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: distros & linux-distros embargo period and message

On 01/20/2012 02:44 AM, Solar Designer wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just updated the wiki page at:
> to state the following:
> "Please note that the maximum acceptable embargo period for issues
> disclosed to these lists is 14 to 19 days, with embargoes longer than 14
> days (up to 19) allowed in case the issue is reported on a Thursday or a
> Friday and the proposed coordinated disclosure date is thus adjusted to
> fall on a Monday or (preferably) a Tuesday.  Please do not ask for a
> longer embargo.  In fact, embargoes shorter than 14 days are preferable."
> Previously, the maximum was specified as 14 days unconditionally, but
> frankly this started to fail in practice for the day-of-week reason -
> so I've adjusted the policy as above (based on proposals from list
> members).
> While at it, I've also added this clarification on the format of messages:
> "Speaking of encryption, the supported message formats are: plain
> unencrypted messages, PGP/MIME (including with attachments), or inline
> PGP.  (In all of these cases, messages are distributed to list members
> (re-)encrypted to their own keys.)  However, manual PGP-encrypted
> attachments are not supported (so if you want to attach file(s) to your
> encrypted message, use PGP/MIME)."
> Alexander
Why not just make it 10 business days with a note to be kind with
respect to holidays (i.e. over the Xmas break for us North/South
Americans and Europeans). Agreed for the message format. Might want to
add a list of tools/etc. that do pgp/mime so there is less of an excuse
to do it improperly.


-- Kurt Seifried / Red Hat Security Response Team

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