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RE: Full Disclosure: How Much Security Info Is Too Much?
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 02:51:46 -0500 (CDT)

Forwarded from: Marc Maiffret <marc () eeye com>

Ya Lyman is a good guy just screwed the facts a bit. I been meaning to
email him to let him know that...

I still hate the canned phrase "came under fire" since we never really
did come under fire for anything. Unless coming under fire means two
ignorant people rambled their mouths about a topic they had no
understanding of. :-]

Marc Maiffret
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| -----Original Message-----
| From: owner-isn () attrition org [mailto:owner-isn () attrition org]On Behalf
| Of InfoSec News
| Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2001 1:05 AM
| To: isn () attrition org
| Subject: Re: [ISN] Full Disclosure: How Much Security Info Is Too Much?
| Forwarded from: Kim Zetter/PCWORLD <kzetter () pcworld com>
| Per Jay Lyman's story about full disclosure at NewsFactor Network
| (http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/13871.html), he wrote:
| > Experts agree that advisories, by their very nature, may be a heads-up
| > to hackers. eEye Security came under fire for disclosing the Code Red
| > vulnerability in June before Microsoft had released a patch for the
| > hole, and again for releasing detailed information after Code Red was
| > controlled, which some blamed for the success of the Code Red II virus.
| I'm not sure where Lyman got his info but, according to eEye (and per
| the story I wrote about it at
| http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,60744,00.asp )
| the company notified Microsoft of the vulnerability in May and waited
| a month for the patch to be produced before making their announcement
| simultaneously with Microsoft's posting of the patch in June.
| In fact, Marc Maiffret of eEye says that they were scheduled to post
| the announcement a week earlier, but Microsoft contacted him to ask
| for more time, saying there was a problem with the patch and they
| needed another week to fix it.
| EEye complied. Jay Dyson correctly noted that Microsoft publicly
| thanked the company for waiting until they had prepared the patch.

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