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Re: 3Com launches vulnerability-buying program
From: Matt Palmer <mpalmer () hezmatt org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 12:23:58 +1000

On Mon, Jul 25, 2005 at 02:03:51PM +0000, Ghaith Nasrawi wrote:
as it was announced few minutes ago that "3Com launches
vulnerability-buying program" (through TippingPoint, a company 3Com
acquired earlier this year)

http://www.securityfocus.com/news/11253
http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/

so what do you think about this step? Obviously, they are trying to
fight public disclosure of security vunl's (that why bugtraq exists)
and buy the information so they can have 0day signatures to
TippingPoint IPS solution.

It's probably pretty good for TippingPoint customers.  Seems pretty
reasonable from a commercial point-of-view -- if enough extra people buy the
software to offset the cost of the purchases, then it's a win for 3Com.  I
doubt that they'll be offering the sort of money that is going to make a
real clueful zombiemaster roll over and play ball, however, so in the same
way that paying police informants hasn't eradicated crime, I don't think
this is going to be a solution to the problem.  It's an interesting take on
the situation, though.

- Matt

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