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Re: CVE assignment from previous years
From: Kurt Seifried <kseifried () redhat com>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:11:12 -0700

On 12/20/2011 11:07 AM, Steven M. Christey wrote:

Note that the year does NOT include when the vuln was found (and if it was silently fixed, that's not a factor either).

The year is almost always obtained from either:

1) When the CVE was first privately reserved.  We already have more than
   two hundred CVE-2012-XXXX numbers reserved for various CNAs who are
   using them to coordinate disclosures that are scheduled to
happen in 2012. This date often correlates with the year that the vuln
   was found, but not always.

2) When the issue was first made public.  There can be some disagreement
   about when a vuln is first published (e.g. a bug report may lie
   unresolved, technically viewable by anybody, for a few years before it
   reaches general awareness, or something might be published on December
31 in one part of the world when it is January 1 in another part of the

Some CNAs who have a pool of CVEs from one year, will continue to use that pool in the next year if there are any CVEs left over, though I generally discourage it.

In January and February 2012, you will probably still see a fairly large number of new CVE-2011-xxxx identifiers released, as MITRE/etc. assign CVEs to issues that were first published in 2011.

- Steve

Steven is correct and I was wrong (as usual =) Please ignore what I said previously.


-Kurt Seifried / Red Hat Security Response Team

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