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Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2016 14:47:57 +1300
From: Amos Jeffries <>
Subject: Re: Concerns about CVE coverage shrinking - direct
 impact to researchers/companies

On 7/03/2016 9:39 a.m., Gsunde Orangen wrote:
> I totally agree.
> The concern addressed by Kurt initially is fully valid (for both
> researchers and for companies that are not on Mitre's product/sources
> list), so a new (better: additional) solution is required.
> However, creating a new standard independently of CVE would be too
> disruptive and be a disservice to the software industry.
> I'd propose to work out a new solution together with Mitre, whilst
> keeping the CVE IDs as today.
> Since 2014, virtually unlimited number of CVE IDs can be assigned per
> year [1], so a solution could be that
>  - Mitre continues to assign 4 and 5 digit IDs as today
>  - 6 digit IDs are reserved for the new process (hosted outside Mitre)
> If more than one million vulnerabilities need to be addressed in one
> year, we could follow the rule (odd digits -> Mitre, even digits ->
> "other process")
> From Mitre's POC, this "other process" would become a "CNA", just with
> its own policy and process definition, not prescribed by Mitre.
> It would soon become clear to everyone (and all tools and products that
> rely on CVE) where to look at for the authoritative vulnerability
> information.

While reading this whole thread I have been thinking along very similar
but slightly different lines.

Right now as a vendor 'security desk' I/we have the situation where we
have to allocate an internal reference ID anyway while awaiting Mitre
assignment. These IDs are not spread so widely as CVE in the early
stages, so we end up with other vendors and downstream distributions not
quite in the same discussion loop allocating their own temporary numbers
for the same issue. And some do anyway just because thats the way they
(Those aware of the history might recall this was the exact same
situation which caused CVE to be created and centralized through Mitre
in the first place.)

Having an easily self-assigned OVI number does sound nice. At least for
use as a temporary ID that can be publicly shared before the proper
analysis can be completed by Mitre for a CVE, which can then sub-link.


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