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Re: distros & linux-distros embargo period and message format
From: Solar Designer <solar () openwall com>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 00:54:59 +0400

On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 01:44:45PM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
http://oss-security.openwall.org/wiki/mailing-lists/distros

to state the following:

"Please note that the maximum acceptable embargo period for issues
disclosed to these lists is 14 to 19 days, with embargoes longer than 14
days (up to 19) allowed in case the issue is reported on a Thursday or a
Friday and the proposed coordinated disclosure date is thus adjusted to
fall on a Monday or (preferably) a Tuesday.  Please do not ask for a
longer embargo.  In fact, embargoes shorter than 14 days are preferable."

I've just revised the last sentence above to say "In fact, embargo
periods shorter than 7 days are preferable."

Can we possibly afford to change the maximum to 7 to 11 days (depending
on day of week)?  That is, 7 days is the standard maximum, up to 11 days
is possible if the issue is reported on a Thursday or a Friday (only in
these two cases).  I am for this change (in both my list member for
Openwall and my list admin capacity).  What about others?

(In fact, I'd prefer an even shorter maximum, but I am proposing what I
think has a chance to be approved by others without making the list a
lot less useful to them.)

Also, I added the following to the wiki page:

"Please note that any/all list postings may be made public once the
corresponding security issue is publicly disclosed, so please do not
post information that you want to stay private forever."

with a footnote that says:

"There was/is intent to be making all list postings public with a delay,
which is currently not yet implemented for technical reasons, but it may
be implemented and applied retroactively - that is, including to past
postings."

Those "technical reasons" are me not being aware of a program to
mass-decrypt an mbox with PGP/MIME messages (producing an mbox with
decrypted messages).  I'd appreciate it if someone finds or writes
this program.

Alexander


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