Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 12:48:58 -0500 From: Tyler Hicks <tyhicks@...onical.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: linux-distros membership application - Microsoft On 2019-06-27 09:57:38, Anthony Liguori wrote: > On Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 7:05 AM Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> wrote: > > > >3. Have a publicly verifiable track record, dating back at least 1 > > > >year and continuing to present day, of fixing security issues > > > >(including some that had been handled on (linux-)distros, meaning that > > > >membership would have been relevant to you) and releasing the fixes > > > >within 10 days (and preferably much less than that) of the issues > > > >being made public (if it takes you ages to fix an issue, your users > > > >wouldn't substantially benefit from the additional time, often around > > > >7 days and sometimes up to 14 days, that list membership could give > > > >you). > > > > > > Microsoft has decades long history of addressing security issues via > > > MSRC (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/msrc). While we are able to > > > quickly (<1-2 hours) create a build to address disclosed security > > > issues, we require extensive testing and validation before we make these > > > builds public. Being members of this mailing list would provide us the > > > additional time we need for extensive testing. > > > > It'd be helpful if you could directly address this part: "including some > > that had been handled on (linux-)distros, meaning that membership would > > have been relevant to you". Without such examples yet, we'd have to be > > guessing whether the membership would have been relevant to you or not. > > I'm not aware of issues on the distros list, but Microsoft has been > very active in working with the broader community on Spectre/Meltdown > style mitigations. I think the community would benefit overall from > their participation on distros. I agree with Anthony on this point. They've been beneficial to the greater Linux community and I feel like their direct involvement on linux-distros would benefit other members. Tyler
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