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Re: Public Review of OIS Security Vulnerability Reporting and ResponseGuidelines
From: Fred Mobach <fred () mobach nl>
Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2004 20:56:39 +0200

OIS wrote:

The Organization for Internet Safety (OIS) extends an invitation to
the readers of the BugTraq, NTBugtraq, and Full-Disclosure mailing
lists to participate in the ongoing public review of the OIS Security
Vulnerability Reporting and Response Guidelines.

I have problems with the OIS guidelines as I distrust at least one
member of OIS since it won't publish verifiable information on Bugtraq
since some years. When I combine the policy of that company with the
next statement from OIS's about.html page

"Does OIS support pre-disclosure of vulnerability information to select
No. We believe the software author should be given a chance to create a
fix before vulnerability information is made public, but that there
should be no further distribution of that information until the fix is
complete. This priniciple can be very difficult to adhere to in certain
situations, such as dealing with the open source community where there
aren't protections to keep vulnerability information secret."

I am afraid that that company might take years to supply a fix or even
to never supply that. A limit of at most four weeks before disclosure
seems reasonable to me. If that company cannot live with that it can opt
to die.

Another interesting point for me is the statement about the open source
community in the same paragraph. Some organizations still have problems
with that community, which is reflected by adopters.html webpage of OIS.
No representation of the open source community as far as I can see. But
please correct me if I am wrong.
Fred Mobach - fred () mobach nl - postmaster () mobach nl
Systemhouse Mobach bv - The Netherlands - since 1976
website : http://fred.mobach.nl
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