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Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:55:35 -0700
From: Greg KH <>
Subject: Re: Healing the bash fork

On Wed, Oct 01, 2014 at 07:15:56AM -0400, Jason Cooper wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 01, 2014 at 01:08:09PM +0200, Hanno Böck wrote:
> > Am Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:19:55 -0400 (EDT)
> > schrieb "David A. Wheeler" <>:
> > 
> > > Finally: *PLEASE* let me know if you have any good ideas on how to
> > > find vulnerabilities like this ahead-of-time. My article "How to
> > > Prevent the Next
> > > Hearbleed" ( lists a
> > > number of ways that Heartbleed-like vulnerabilities could have been
> > > detected ahead-of-time, in ways that are general enough to be
> > > useful.  I'd like to do the same with Shellshock, so we can quickly
> > > eliminate a whole class of problems.
> > 
> > The "class of problems" here is imho that we have a bunch of tools that
> > get rare attention from anyone, are run by few volunteers, but they're
> > an essential part in running the Internet.
> > 
> > Just think about busybox, curl, wget, coreutils, gettext, gzip, ... - a
> > vuln in any of these could have severe consequences.
> > 
> > Maybe the topic here should be: "How can we get the (whitehat) IT
> > seucrity community to have a deeper look at neglected but important
> > opensource projects."
> The LF has the Core Infrastructure Initiative:

Yes, that's exactly what that group is doing, and they have a huge list
of these types of projects that they are looking into funding to help
prevent this type of thing from happening again.  I'll go add bash to
the list there as I don't think it is currently on it at the moment.


greg k-h

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