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Re: DJB's students release 44 *nix software vulnerability advisories
From: "D. J. Bernstein" <djb () cr yp to>
Date: 18 Dec 2004 04:25:11 -0000

Shu T. Messenger writes:
In each case, Professor Bernstein notified the author of the
vulnerable package on Dec 15 via e-mail. This mail hit Bugtraq on the
16th, giving one day for vendors to provide fixes.

Actually, I sent all of these notifications to the public securesoftware
mailing list (http://securesoftware.list.cr.yp.to) at the same time that
I sent them to the authors. It certainly wasn't my intention to give the
authors an extra day of self-delusion.

Is the class on responsible disclosure next semester perhaps?

If you had bothered to look at the slides on the course web page, you
would have seen a half day dedicated to the topic, plus some examples on
subsequent days of how people react to full disclosure when they're
trying to protect their shoddy security practices.

The reason that the 16 students sent their 91 reports to me privately is
so that they wouldn't have to deal with people like you. It was entirely
my decision to send out these 44 public notices.

---D. J. Bernstein, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics,
Statistics, and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago


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