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Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:06:23 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Linux 3.4+: arbitrary write with CONFIG_X86_X32 (CVE-2014-0038)

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 06:54:17PM +0100, wrote:
> >>>>> "SD" == Solar Designer <> writes:
>     SD> The "assigned" date seen on CVE IDs often indicates when a pool
>     SD> of CVE IDs was created and then assigned to a CNA (Red Hat in
>     SD> this case), not when individual CVE IDs are assigned to actual
>     SD> issues.  It is perfectly normal (albeit confusing) for the
>     SD> "assigned" date to be earlier than the vulnerability discovery
>     SD> date.  This was discussed in here before:
>     SD>
>     SD> CNAs:
>     SD>
> Sorry for the repetition,

That's OK.

> but I wasn't subscribed yet at the time

I think you were in fact not subscribed in 2012.

> or is this a FAQ?

This is not a very frequent question, but I've seen this sort of
confusion several times, in different places.  I don't know if it's
addressed in some sort of FAQ list.

I think there's room for improvement for the language used on CVE ID
pages like ,
which currently says:

"Date Entry Created
20131203	 Disclaimer: The entry creation date may reflect when
the CVE-ID was allocated or reserved, and does not necessarily indicate
when this vulnerability was discovered, shared with the affected vendor,
publicly disclosed, or updated in CVE."

but follows this with:

"Phase (Legacy)
Assigned (20131203)"

I'm not surprised the latter continues to confuse people, as it appears
not to fall under the disclaimer.  I think the disclaimer should be
worded such that it'd clearly apply to "Phase (Legacy) \n Assigned" as
well.  (And even then some confusion will remain, just maybe less of it.)


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