Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:49:19 -0500 From: Stuart Gathman <stuart@...hman.org> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: CVE-2017-15102: Linux kernel: usb: NULL-deref due to a race condition in [legousbtower] driver On 11/09/2017 12:09 PM, David A. Wheeler wrote: > In the US, there has been recent proposed legislation that requires > that "Internet of Things" devices sold to the federal government cannot have > "known security vulnerabilities" ("Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement > Act of 2017" proposed by Senators Mark Warner (R-Va.) and Cory Gardner (D-Colo.)). > I suspect many other countries have or will pass similiar laws, > or will interpret their existing laws this way. > It's easy to argue that known security vulnerabilities are known flaws > that should be remediated by the manufacturer (at no cost to the consumer). > > I agree that many vulnerabilities don't have CVE ids. > You don't need to identify *all* vulnerabilities in old kernels... just enough to make > it easier to update the kernel than try to back-patch everything. > If manufacturers have to fix the CVEs to sell products, or to avoid massive returns, > that creates an *economic* reason for manufacturers to > begin responsibly maintain their products. This will create an economic reason to use closed source software - as there would then be far fewer "known security vulnerabilities". "As long as we keep it secret, we don't have to fix it...."
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