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Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 19:56:45 +0100
From: John Haxby <john.haxby@...cle.com>
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: linux-distros membership application - Microsoft



> On 27 Jun 2019, at 18:48, Tyler Hicks <tyhicks@...onical.com> wrote:
> 
> 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


I know this is "me too" but I agree with both Anthony and Tyler.  I'd also endorse Sasha personally from my association with him in the past.

jch

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