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Re: DJB's students release 44 *nix software vulnerability advisories
From: Jonathan T Rockway <jrockw2 () uic edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 17:14:22 -0600 (CST)

Two points.

Regarding local versus remote, look at it this way:  You have a 100%
secure system.  Then you install NASM.  Now a user FROM THE NETWORK can
send you some tainted assembly code for you to assemble and he can
compromise your account.  That is why it is considered remote.  Local
would mean that I, the attacker, need an account on the target machine to
compromise the target account.  In this nasm case, I do not need an
account.  That is why the wording "remote" was chosen.

Now in regards to full disclosure, I think you should all be happy that we
bothered to tell you all about these exploits.  We could have selfishly
used them to compromise machines, but instead we wrote them up and mailed
them off to the users and the authors!  That is very nice of us.

If you would like notification sooner than the "public", find the exploit
yourself.  If I can find them, then surely anyone can.

Jonathan Rockway <jrockw2 () uic edu>

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