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Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2022 00:01:40 -0500
From: John Helmert III <>
Subject: Re: WebKitGTK and WPE WebKit Security Advisory

On Thu, Aug 25, 2022 at 11:34:04PM +0200, Carlos Alberto Lopez Perez wrote:
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> WebKitGTK and WPE WebKit Security Advisory                 WSA-2022-0008
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Date reported           : August 25, 2022
> Advisory ID             : WSA-2022-0008
> WebKitGTK Advisory URL  :
> WPE WebKit Advisory URL :
> CVE identifiers         : CVE-2022-32893.
> Several vulnerabilities were discovered in WebKitGTK and WPE WebKit.
> CVE-2022-32893
>     Versions affected: WebKitGTK and WPE WebKit before 2.36.7.
>     Credit to an anonymous researcher.
>     Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to
>     arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue
>     may have been actively exploited.

According to Apple's security advisories for this (e.g. [1]), this
issue is tracked on the Webkit Bugzilla as 243557 [2] which was opened
on 2022-08-04. A few minutes after that bug was opened, a pull request
on GitHub was linked [3] with a patch which also seems to add unit
tests. So, it appears to me that this issue was public since at least
August 4th, and even more widely publicized with Apple's security
advisories on August 17.

WebKit-2.36.6 was released shortly after the first bug report, on
2022-08-07, and WebKit-2.36.7 was released yesterday, on 2022-08-25.

With this bug seemingly being publicly known to be an actively
exploited code execution issue, why did it take several weeks and 2
WebKit releases to get this issue fixed and a WSA released?


> We recommend updating to the latest stable versions of WebKitGTK and WPE
> WebKit. It is the best way to ensure that you are running safe versions
> of WebKit. Please check our websites for information about the latest
> stable releases.
> Further information about WebKitGTK and WPE WebKit security advisories
> can be found at: or
> The WebKitGTK and WPE WebKit team,
> August 25, 2022

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