Date: Thu, 4 May 2023 11:06:01 -0700 From: Alan Coopersmith <alan.coopersmith@...cle.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com, Sam Bull <9m199i@...bull.org> Subject: Re: Perl's HTTP::Tiny has insecure TLS cert default, affecting CPAN.pm and other modules On 5/4/23 10:15, Sam Bull wrote: > On Wed, 2023-05-03 at 15:54 -0400, David A. Wheeler wrote: >>> On May 3, 2023, at 3:15 PM, Reid Sutherland <reid@...rddimension.net> wrote: >>> Who actually decides when something receives a CVE? >> >> There's a process for assigning CVEs. Anyone who wants to be able to assign CVEs - that >> is, to become a CVE Numbering Authority (CNA) - has to follow various processes. >> >>> This can be used to defame projects and products as in this case. >> >> Identifying a vulnerability does not defame a project. > > But, reporting a CVE where there is no vulnerability wastes a lot of time for the project > maintainers, as we had last year with this CVE: > https://github.com/aio-libs/aiohttp/issues/6801 > > As far as we could tell, it seems a random user reported a DoS vulnerability to Github > (maybe?) and got a CVE assigned, with no reproducer or any evidence of a vulnerability, > and just a link to an issue which was never considered a security issue by anybody. None > of us involved with the project were notified of the report either, we learnt about the > CVE from other users asking us about it. > > It took months to get that satisfactorily revoked and stop getting users asking us about > it (apparently there's no standardised way to tell if CVEs are revoked, so seems DB > maintainers have to remove them on a case-by-case basis, making the process much longer). > So, something somewhere is not fully working in the process. The CVE process is designed with a primary goal of simply providing a unique id for each claimed vulnerability - it's intended to not have much deeper meaning than creating a UUID. There is no requirement that the claimed vulnerability be well described, proven, accepted, fixed, or anything else beyond not being a duplicate of an existing CVE entry. Unfortunately, many CVE consumers assume a far greater level of meaning to CVEs than the CVE project intends by them. -- -Alan Coopersmith- alan.coopersmith@...cle.com Oracle Solaris Engineering - https://blogs.oracle.com/solaris
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