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Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:28:06 -0800
From: Kees Cook <>
To: Solar Designer <>
Cc: Paul Pluzhnikov <>,
Subject: Re: GHOST gethostbyname() heap overflow in glibc (CVE-2015-0235)

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 4:02 PM, Solar Designer <> wrote:
> Paul, Kees -
> On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 08:00:48AM -0800, Paul Pluzhnikov wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 4:09 AM, Hanno B??ck <> wrote:
>> > And yes: I'd like people to cry alarm every time they see a buffer
>> > overflow in glibc or any other core lib.
>> What is the appropriate forum to cry alarm on?
> As a moderator for oss-security, I'd appreciate it if you cry alarm in
> here.  And if this ever becomes too noisy, that would be an interesting
> problem to have and we'll find a way to deal with it then. :-)
>> We are not a distro, and (AFAICT) are not on any of the closed lists.
>> But maybe we should be.
> Actually, Chrome OS is listed as a member of linux-distros here:
> and the person subscribed on behalf of Chrome OS is Kees Cook
> (previously representing Ubuntu).  Given your comment above, we have to
> double-check whether this is currently correct.  Is Kees Cook currently
> representing Chrome OS on linux-distros?  If so, why were you not aware
> of that?  (I think this is unrelated to the handling of GHOST, but since
> this was brought up we just have to deal with it as well.)

I'm representing Chrome OS on linux-distros, yes. As for GHOST, I
wasn't aware of the issue when it was fixed back in April in the
Chrome OS bug tracker -- it was handled by the package maintainers, it
seems, and never got escalated, unfortunately.


Kees Cook
Chrome OS Security

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