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Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2020 11:16:50 +0100
From: Bartłomiej Płotka <>
To: Richard Hartmann <>
	PrometheusMonitoring <>, 
	Prometheus Developers <>
Subject: Re: [prometheus-team] Voiding CVE-2020-16248

Thanks for this work Richi, this is quite... interesting that someone might
mark core functionality as CVE.

Kind Regards,

On Sat, 8 Aug 2020 at 09:49, Richard Hartmann <>

> Dear all,
> the Prometheus project[1] has received a public "vulnerability"
> report[2] against what the reporter called SSRF, but what is the core
> functionality of blackbox_exporter[3]: The ability to trigger network
> probes over the network to monitor a target's availability. The
> reporter stated that CVE-2020-16248 has been assigned. From context,
> it seems to be a paid assessment of our software for an unnamed client
> which increases motivation to get "results", in particular CVEs for
> "zero days" - which are then promptly reported publicly with an
> embargoed CVE.
> The reporter has not replied to our statement that this behaviour is
> core functionality. I could not find out which organization has
> reserved CVE-2020-16248 so I decided to send email to this list to
> inform the organization, enabling them to update their records.
> Sorry for using this list for that purpose, I could not find a less
> wrong place to inform the (hopefully) interested parties.
> Best,
> Richard
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