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Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:31:30 +0100
From: Petr Matousek <>
Subject: Re: CVE request - Linux kernel: VFAT slab-based
 buffer overflow

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.

Petr Matousek / Red Hat Security Response Team

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