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Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 19:42:17 +0000
From: Sam James <>
Subject: Re: Buffer Overflow in raptor widely unfixed in Linux

> On 16 Nov 2020, at 18:50, Stephen John Smoogen <> wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Nov 2020 at 12:44, David A. Wheeler <>
> wrote:
>>> [snip]
>> I think this is key. If you find a vulnerability, you typically need to
>> ensure that it gets
>> a CVE assigned if you want coordination & resolution to happen. It's how
>> coordination happens.
>> There are issues with CVEs, but I’ve never seen a CVE assignment
>> get dropped in recent years once it was requested properly.
>> Delayed, yes, but I know CVE assignments don’t take 3 years :-).
>> And yes, there are special issues with the Linux kernel, but this package
>> isn’t the Linux kernel.
>> If you think that CVE assignment is still of “fluctuating reliability” I’d
>> like to hear that argument
>> and get it fixed. It’s normally better to fix the standard process for
>> doing something than
>> to create yet another process that runs in parallel. I’ve seen no recent
>> evidence of this reliability issue.
> My guess is that there was an assumption that if an email with a
> vulnerability was sent to this list, someone would do the CVE filing for
> them. Looking through my archives, there are times where someone posts a
> vulnerability and miraculously someone says shortly "Please use
> CVE-2XXX-YYYY for all future announcements." If you aren't on the lists all
> the time or know that various groups do this full time, there is no clue
> that there was some sort of extra work done to get that number... it just
> looks like it was done as a service. When a person posts a vulnerability
> and then gets no extra emails.. then it looks like a secret society. "Oh
> you forgot to shake Smooge's hand with your middle finger hooked and your
> pinky out... can't give you a CVE"

There’s a webform where you can apply and the folks are quite good at replying
with helpful comments & feedback if needed.

But I can see why someone might get that impression.

>> Sing this (to “Single Ladies”):
>> "If you like it, then you shoulda put a CVE on it...:"
>> --- David A. Wheeler
> -- 
> Stephen J Smoogen.

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