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Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 09:10:04 -0700
From: Kurt Seifried <>
To: oss-security <>
Subject: Re: Concerns about CVE coverage shrinking - direct
 impact to researchers/companies

On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 8:59 AM, Tim Brown <> wrote:

> On Sunday 06 March 2016 21:39:54 Gsunde Orangen wrote:
> Quite, as much as I appreciate the options presented over the last few
> days, I
> don't think any of them are the winning horse.

It's simple. The winning horse is CVE. Or something that is fully CVE
compatible, like DWF.

To put it bluntly DWF is as close to 100% CVE compatible as it can be:

Numerically DWF can generally be mapped directly to CVE with no conflict,
if you spot a conflict between CVE and DWF please notify us so we can fix

If you already have a CVE identifier you can map it directly to DWF, e.g.
CVE-2000-1234 maps directly to DWF-2000-1234.

Also the SPLIT/MERGE and general process for numbering authorities are
similar, if not nearly identical. I can say this with some authority having
assigned close to 5,000 CVE's =).

> As would I however, even with pointers from SC about who to poke within
> we came up short tracking a warm body down for (~7) months (even one that
> was
> willing to say no). That being said, we have now located a new warm body at
> MITRE who has made themselves known to us, I am more than happy to approach
> them about the following:

So to put it bluntly: good luck. In my role as  a Red Hat employee I'm on
the CVE Editorial board and I can't get answers out of them. I'm now
posting things like:

Can someone from Mitre at least confirm that they have seen this email?
It's been over a week now with no reply from Mitre on anything:

> Indeed, such a project requires a vendor neutral host. If OWASP are up for
> it,
> then I would gladly support them running with the above proposal, if not
> then
> a good faith alternative ought to be sought.

Or better yet a community led effort, like DWF that is also willing to work
with Mitre (whether or not Mitre returns the favor remains to be seen).

> Tim
> --
> Tim Brown
> <>

Kurt Seifried -- Red Hat -- Product Security -- Cloud
PGP A90B F995 7350 148F 66BF 7554 160D 4553 5E26 7993
Red Hat Product Security contact: secalert@...hat.comTo put it bluntly,

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