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Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:05:38 -0700
From: Kurt Seifried <>
Subject: Re: GHOST gethostbyname() heap overflow in glibc (CVE-2015-0235)

On 29/01/15 01:16 AM, Sven Kieske wrote:
> On 29/01/15 07:20, Paul Pluzhnikov wrote:
>> If I was supposed to cry alarm, I would have to cry alarm every time
>> there is a buffer overflow in glibc, which doesn't seem very useful.
> Well as someone who is very careful, I _would_ consider every buffer
> overflow a security risk unless proven otherwise.
> It's unexpected behaviour, isn't it?
> It's up to the surrounding systems such as ASLR to mitigate it.
> But neither is ASLR deployed everywhere, nor is it a silver bullet
> to solve the problem.
> But I don't want to really reiterate this discussion.
> All possible opinions on this topic have already been stated.

So you'll be doing the work to confirm which ones are/are not, patch
them, regression test the patches and so on? Awesome!

There's a reason we don't treat every potential security flaw as a
security vulnerability. We have finite resources and pretty much an
infinite number of flaws to deal with. Until you solve that problem we
have to make due with "best effort", letting perfection be the enemy of
good will kill us.

Kurt Seifried -- Red Hat -- Product Security -- Cloud
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