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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject Handling and Reporting CVEs (was RE: Proposal: ooo-announce list)
Date Mon, 12 Dec 2011 18:21:33 GMT
Well, the Apache practice is clear.

Putting a CVE number in a patch is probably not the way to execute on that practice, but that
is not an Apache patch you are looking at.

Red Hat also has a very large list of CVEs that you can find in their issue tracker and elsewhere.
 I am not clear when and how those show up and I don't know what it means when such an issue
is shown as unresolved, either.

LibreOffice might want to take a page from the time-tested ASF Security procedures with regard
to avoiding premature disclosure, etc.

Having said that, we are all learning on the job with regard to security issues surrounding
the family.  As the product becomes a more-profitable target for culprits,
I am certain that there will be more to learn.

 - Dennis

PS: It might be nice to have a single public place to discuss just these practices across
the family without deflecting the reporting lists from their focused purpose with regard to
receiving and assessing vulnerability and exploit reports.  Although I think one would be
useful to have, there does not seem to be much interest on the part of the various security

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrea Pescetti [] 
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 07:14
Subject: Re: Proposal: ooo-announce list

On 11/12/2011 Rob Weir wrote:
> Tthe practice is to check in such fixes without making it evident to
> the observer that it is security-related.  So don't expect SVN
> comments to give it away.

Like this?

I know the example is from LibreOffice (even though the bug might be 
shared with or Apache OpenOffice) but I just happened to 
spot it and it doesn't seem particularly hidden... Such a policy would 
have to apply to all related projects (again, I totally don't know if 
this bug is related to Apache OpenOffice too, I'm just discussing the 
issue in general).


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