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SubjectRe: [stable] Linux
Tiago Assumpcao wrote:
> Theodore Tso wrote:
>> Look if you want this, pay $$$ to a distribution and get their
>> supported distribution. It costs time and effort to classify bugs as
>> security related (or not), (...)
> That's fallacious. Assuming that you have good programmers, and you
> do, it's of very low cost the act of identifying what *is likely to
> be* a security bug.

That is based on lots and lots of assumptions that are just not true.
Ted Tso, Stephen Smalley and I are all recognized as security experts
and we can't even agree on whether sockets are objects or not, much
less what constitutes a security bug and even less what is likely to
be a security bug. Goodness, there are some of us who would argue
that since DNS is itself a security bug it is just not possible for
DNS to have a security bug, as an example.

> In most cases, they are easy to spot.

Err, no, in the kernel environment a real security flaw is likely to
be pretty subtle.

> And, hey, we are not asking for an absurd amount of care. You must not
> pay $200 /hour for someone to review your software. All I, personally,
> ask for is that the basic attention is given. With this simple act,
> I'm sure you would cover the majority of the bugs.
>> It will cost you money, but hey, the people who want
>> this sort of thing typically are willing to pay for the service.
> So, only those willing to pay have the right of respect? Because, you
> see, this is rather a matter of respect with those who choose to use
> your solution. And, no, the "free will" argument does not qualify
> herein. My mother is not aware of your absurd acts.
>> I'll note that trying to classify bugs as being "security-related" at
>> the level often doesn't help the distro's, since many of
>> these bugs won't even apply to whatever version of the kernel the
>> distro's snapshotted 9-18 months ago. So if the distro snapshotted
> > 2.6.18 in Fall 2006, and their next snapshot will be sometime two
>> years later in the fall of this year, they will have no use for some
>> potential local denial of service attack that was introduced by
>> accident in 2.6.24-rc3, and fixed in 2.6.25-rc1. It just doesn't
>> matter to them.
> I don't follow what you have just said. What is the problem with
> "versioning" and the strictness of its relation to bugs, security or not?
>> So basically, if there are enough users who care, they can
>> pay someone to classify and issue CVE numbers for each and every
>> potential "security bug" that might appear and then disappear.
> I think, CVE registration or the alike would be too much for what I
> call "act of decency". A single parenthesis note on the bug itself
> would be of great help and of small effort.
> --t
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