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Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:48:34 -0800
From: Greg KH <>
Subject: Re: CVE request - Linux kernel: VFAT slab-based
 buffer overflow

On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 07:31:30AM +0100, Petr Matousek wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 09:03:46PM -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 11:41:53PM -0500, Michael Gilbert wrote:
> > > Anyway, on a more serious note, at some point, acceptance will look
> > > something like a real kernel-sec team that does essentially what you
> > > just did, but on a continual basis: reviewing most/all commits for
> > > potential security concerns and forwarding them to oss-sec to increase
> > > identification and awareness to be applied downstream.
> > 
> > I will say flat out that this is an impossible task to accomplish.
> > 
> > As proof of that, I suggest you do this for just one major kernel
> > release cycle (2-3 months long).
> > 
> > You do know the number of patches applied to the Linux kernel every
> > hour, right?
> > 
> > Would you have caught the patch that started this thread?  I sure
> > didn't, and I was the one who originally applied it to the kernel tree
> > in the first place.  Doing "root-cause" research for every patch is
> > non-trivial, as I know you realize.
> For starters, submissions should be posted to
> oss-security or any other security related public mailing list when the
> patch is being committed.

That's not going to happen, and you know that, to do so would be totally
irresponsible of us and directly harm your users.  That's what
vendor-sec (or whatever it is called now) is for.  Hasn't that been
happening for a while now, or has no one been notifying that list of
these issues?

greg k-h

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