Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:26:06 +0200 From: Petr Matousek <pmatouse@...hat.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Cc: cve-assign@...re.org Subject: Re: Re: Linux kernel: more net info leak fixes for v3.9 On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 11:02:10AM -0700, Greg KH wrote: > On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 01:43:17PM -0400, cve-assign@...re.org wrote: > > >On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 01:44:17AM -0400, cve-assign@...re.org wrote: > > >> 680d04e0ba7e926233e3b9cee59125ce181f66ba CVE-2013-3236 > > >> d5e0d0f607a7a029c6563a0470d88255c89a8d11 CVE-2013-3237 > > > > > >Please explain how these can get a CVE number when the code involved has > > >never even been in a kernel.org release yet? > > > > MITRE has never had any restrictions on CVEs for issues that exist > > only in release-candidate software or only in beta software. See for > > example "Attendees agreed that CVE should include problems in beta > > software, provided that the beta code was intended for public > > dissemination" in the > > http://cve.mitre.org/data/board/archives/2000-03/msg00007.html post. > > > > These CVEs tend to be rare, possibly because they are useful to fewer > > people. Recent examples in which a major vendor specifically chose to > > assign a CVE name to an issue affecting only beta software are: > > > > CVE-2009-2968 - VMware Studio 2.0 public beta > > > > CVE-2010-0113 - Symantec Norton Mobile Security 1.0 Beta > > > > A few months ago, MITRE started to draft some rough guidelines for a > > case of a vendor who was considering use of CVEs during beta testing. > > That case seems mostly inapplicable to the current question > > (CVE-2013-3236, CVE-2013-3237, etc. weren't in any sense based on > > "vendor" requests), but we might be able to share guidelines at some > > point if any vendor here is in a similar position. > > Thanks for the explanation, but, given the rate-of-churn in the Linux > kernel -rc releases, I would be really wary to start wanting to assign > CVEs to things that only show up in these types of kernel releases. > > Unless you really want to be swamped with requests, it's your choice :) > > Linux kernel -rc releases are for developers, and for those people > wanting to help with Linux kernel development, they are not for anyone > to run on any system that they do not to expect to immediately explode > into a bunch of pieces, let alone expect to be "perfect" from a security > standpoint. I agree with Greg. We (Red Hat) haven't requested CVEs for issues in -rc releases, which we consider under development, in the past and we do not intend to start doing that. It's in fact one of the criteria when examining upstream commits - if the bug and the fix is in -rc release, skip it. Just my 2 cents. -- Petr Matousek / Red Hat Security Response Team
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