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Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 13:16:03 -0600
From: Kurt Seifried <>
To: oss-security <>
Subject: Re: How to request a CVE for open source projects

On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:05 PM, Michael Catanzaro <>

> Hi,
> I'm aware that the CVE form [1] can now be used to request CVEs. However,
> it does not seem to be designed for requesting CVEs in open source
> products. The field "Vendor of the product(s)" says "Please ensure vendors
> are on the products and sources list," indicating the intent of MITRE to
> restrict usage of the form to specific products. This list [2] says "For
> open source software products not listed below, request a CVE ID through
> the Distributed Weakness Filing Project CNA." So, clearly we are supposed
> to request a CVE through the DWF project. (Or perhaps via Red Hat, since it
> seems like it's willing to allocate CVEs for miscellaneous Linux-related
> issues.)
> Anyway, I attempted to request a CVE using the DWF project's request form
> [3] several months ago, but have not yet received any response [4]. So I am
> hesitant to request further CVEs from the DWF project, for fear that I
> won't receive a response and will wind up needing to make a duplicate CVE
> request somewhere else.

Ah, I recently did a large number of CVE assignments, I haven't emailed out
to the sequesters yet, yours was
I believe.

> How are other people getting open source CVEs right now? Has anybody else
> had luck getting a CVE via DWF? Should I be trying to do this through Red
> Hat instead? Or just by filling out MITRE's CVE form even though we're not
> really supposed to be using it?

Part of the challenge of the DWF is this is more of an experiment to figure
out what we need/how to do it, mostly so I can scale it out/up to the
entire Open Source world. So CVEs are a bit slow right now, but that should
get better over the next few months.

> Michael
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]


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