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Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:42:41 +0200
From: Henri Salo <>
To: Kurt Seifried <>
Subject: Re: CVE request - Linux kernel: VFAT slab-based
 buffer overflow

On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 01:31:59PM -0700, Kurt Seifried wrote:
> I suspect part of the problem is scale. Most people don't understand
> the scale at which the Linux Kernel and vendors handle bug fixes and
> code changes. External people simply see a few poorly handled security
> related issues and probably think "well how hard can it be to properly
> a few extra security flaws?" but they don't see that those 5 security
> issues were buried in 10,000 other code fixes. The resources needed to
> audit every code change for a security impact simply aren't available
> (and even if we had enough talented people who exactly is going to pay
> them all?).

Why should they be paid? I'd say problem is that there isn't lots of people who
understand aspects needed to notice a security vulnerability in Linux kernel
and it's even more difficult to fix it without breaking something else.

Money is not the only thing getting stuff done.

Henri Salo

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