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Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2023 01:29:30 +0000
From: Seth Arnold <>
To:, Arnout Engelen <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2022-47501: Apache OFBiz: Arbitrary file
 reading vulnerability

On Tue, Apr 18, 2023 at 11:15:52AM +0200, Jacques Le Roux wrote:
> I used to give more information. For this one, using our "new" internal
> process* (need an ASF credential) and  following step 11 of**, notably
>    <<Generally, reports should contain enough information to enable
>    people to assess the risk the vulnerability poses for their own
>    system, and no more.>>
> I restricted the information to a minimum.

Hello Jacques, thanks for the reply. I'd like to suggest that this policy
should receive a review, as other list members have found the Apache
defaults a bit wanting:

> When sending to Mitre we replaced
> by
> You can see the result at

This is nice, and friendly.

> We also changed the "problem type" to be more specific. Following the CWE
> classification, we used "CWE-22 Improper Limitation of a Pathname to a
> Restricted Directory ('Path Traversal')" rather than "Arbitrary file reading
> vulnerability" used by the finder who stayed as the CVE title. You can see
> it at which is the json
> version of the report.

This is also nice and friendly.

> Regarding your points:
>  * the vulnerability was introduced long ago (years) when the plugin was
>  created. It was around 2013.

This information is gold!

>  * gives indirect information
>  about the fix. Do you suggest that we need to put a direct link like
> ?

The link to the security page is a good start; it's even one of the better
security.html pages I've seen. (Thanks!) But we've all spent too much time
trying to figure out what exactly might have been "the intended content"
on a page five or ten years later. Having more specific information (such
as the "582add7d3" here) directly available in the list archives will
simplify future searches for information.

> Thanks for the links. We will certainly consider what can be done to
> ease the work of downstream distributors and consumers.

Thank you :)

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