Date: Wed, 3 May 2023 17:43:28 -0400 From: Reid Sutherland <reid@...rddimension.net> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Perl's HTTP::Tiny has insecure TLS cert default, affecting CPAN.pm and other modules Moritz Bechler wrote: > Hi, > >> >> A default is not a vulnerability. There are reasons why defaults >> cannot be changed in libraries once they are stable. This is also why >> documentation exists. >> >> Revoke these CVEs, it's a stain on the process. > > > while one may criticize that CVEs have been assigned both for the > insecure default and (some of the) insecure usages, at least one of > these is a legitimate case, in terms of CVEs likely the latter. And when > it comes to defaming projects, at least in my book, choosing, keeping > and defending bad defaults speaks to much more than a CVE being assigned. > Performing outside queries is not a reasonable default in terms of security. It's up to the developer if they wish to open up the user to that risk. Libraries cannot shift defaults on a whim, this is why they have documentation.
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