Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:11:34 +0200 From: Sven Kieske <s.kieske@...twald.de> To: <oss-security@...ts.openwall.com> Subject: Re: Thoughts on Shellshock and beyond On 09/10/14 10:24, Michal Zalewski wrote: >> vendors are not liable, not even for the most serious >> software bugs. so there is no incentive for them to make >> better software. > > On the flip side, would it have been better if, say, Chet could be > sued for millions in damages for the bug in bash? No, imho you can not blame a single person, but you can blame huge multi billion dollar companies who incorporate software and benefit from it, but don't want anything to do with fixing or improving it. If GM buys some breaks from $random_guy (hey, he even gives them away for FREE!) they are still liable if these breaks don't work in their cars. so at least when you're making money of software you should be responsible for this software. that's also not just my opinion (and I didn't invent these thoughts), some credit has to go out to mr Schneier who you might happen to know ;) see: https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2003/11/liability_changes_ev.html -- Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Regards Sven Kieske Systemadministrator Mittwald CM Service GmbH & Co. KG Königsberger Straße 6 32339 Espelkamp T: +49-5772-293-100 F: +49-5772-293-333 https://www.mittwald.de Geschäftsführer: Robert Meyer St.Nr.: 331/5721/1033, USt-IdNr.: DE814773217, HRA 6640, AG Bad Oeynhausen Komplementärin: Robert Meyer Verwaltungs GmbH, HRB 13260, AG Bad Oeynhausen
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