Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:48:58 +0800 From: Greg KH <greg@...ah.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: handling of Linux kernel vulnerabilities (was: CVE request - Linux kernel: VFAT slab-based buffer overflow) On Sun, Mar 03, 2013 at 10:39:30PM -0500, Michael Gilbert wrote: > I was getting encouraged by the recent anger-centric posts, the "what > is it that we're supposed to do better?" ones. That gave me some > encouragement that there was the possibility of positive change, but > the "we're not going to make users more unsafe by telling them about > issues affecting them" is a persistence of the denial state. That > logic completely violates the known idiom that knowledge is power: > give users the knowledge that they need to protect themselves, and > they will; starve them of that knowledge, and they remain vulnerable. That's a load of crap. Seriously, you know it only benefits the "bad guys" if I were to say, "This patch just went into Linus's tree that fixes a security problem that you can exploit in this manner". No user would have a chance to fix their systems before the vulnerability was added to the "ultra-sploit" tool and everyone would have their systems trashed. If you so strongly believe this, why is there a linux-distros list in the first place? Come on, be realistic people. greg k-h
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