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Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:27:32 +0100
From: Thomas Biege <thomas@...e.de>
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: CVE id request: busybox

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Hi Kurt,

Am 04.03.2013 03:26, schrieb Kurt Seifried:
> On 03/03/2013 01:06 PM, Michael Gilbert wrote:
>> On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM, Kurt Seifried wrote:
>>> This actually raises a good point, due to Debian being a 
>>> secondary source in most cases (e.g. upstream has a bug report 
>>> which is then copied into Debian's bug tracker since Debian
>>> ships it) the dates and sometimes information is wrong.
> 
>> Aren't these problems true for any source whether it be primary,
>>  secondary, tertiary, or so on?
> 
> Sorry yeah I should have been more clear. This goes for all the
> major secondary sources (Debian, SUSE, etc.).

I understand this. You provide a very valuable service for free here
on the list and we should make as easy as possible for you to do your job.


>>> I will no longer be issuing CVE's for issues brought up
>>> through the Debian bugtracker without an original source to
>>> back it up, otherwise more mistakes will happen which is not
>>> good.
> 
>> I don't understand the purpose of excluding an entire project's 
>> sources.  Should redhat's bugzilla, gentoo, etc. also be
>> excluded for the same reason?  If not, why do they get special
>> treatment?
> 
> I didn't say I;'m excluding them. I simply will require an
> original source, in this case the year is probably wrong.
> 
>> Is there really a problem at all?  The debian report included the
>>  upstream commit, so you had a link to a primary resource
>> anyway. So, I think a simple solution to this 'problem' of
>> secondary sources is follow them to the primary one?
> 
> Yeah, and people can post them to the list. As stated before, I
> assign a lot of CVEs. One minute extra per CVE is about 20 hours a
> year. It adds up. So from now on I'll be needing original source
> confirmation in the emails to oss-sec.

Unfortunately this will neither reduce your work-load nor increase the
speed. Every CVE request should state exactly the source of the issue
instead. I believe that the frequent posters on this list have no
problem doing this.

Best,
Thomas

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