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Re: Announcing new security mailing list
From: full-disclosure () lists netsys com (Blue Boar)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 09:04:21 -0700

Simon Richter wrote:
To me, the term "full disclosure" does not mean "make it available as fast
as possible", but rather "here is the information, expect it to leak in
the next two weeks, so go out and fix the bug". The current bugtraq scheme
enforces that, and I believe they are doing a great job.

There is no Bugtraq "scheme".  The Bugtraq moderator does not hold any 
posts.  The poster gets to decide when his informatino is released.  The 
people who post to Bugtraq as just as able to blindside a vendor as on any 
other mailing list.

The closest thing to what you describe that is offered by SecurityFocus is 
the vulnhelp service.  This is a way for someone who finds a bug to 
voluntarily dump the hassle of dealing with notifying the vendor and 
waiting onto the SecurityFOcus staff.  Someone who uses vulnhelp still 
wants to give the vendor advanced notice, they just don't want to do it 
themselves.  If they don't want the vendor to have any warning, they just 
post to Bugtraq.


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