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Re: Firefox Remote Compromise Leaked
From: Vincent van Scherpenseel <mailinglists () vanscherpenseel nl>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2005 11:02:24 +0200

On Sunday 08 May 2005 10:14, Jason Coombs wrote:

Nothing at all would have been gained by delaying disclosure, other than
to give attackers a bigger window of opportunity to mount successful
attacks and design new exploits that will launch successfully against a
completely unprepared computing public.

Most of the time disclosure is delayed to allow the vendor to fix a security 
bug. If you find a security bug and give the vendor five days to fix it 
before you release the disclosure advisory there's a smaller chance that the 
vulnerability will be exploited by malicious people.

Full disclosure works because it forces vendors to actually fix a security 
problem, and delaying a disclosure for a couple of days doesn't hurt that way 
of working.

 - Vincent van Scherpenseel

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