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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
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
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.
Steven is correct and I was wrong (as usual =) Please ignore what I
-Kurt Seifried / Red Hat Security Response Team