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Re: distros & linux-distros embargo period and message format
From: Marc Deslauriers <marc.deslauriers () canonical com>
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:02:54 -0500

On Thu, 2012-02-02 at 00:54 +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
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?

A week is a pretty short delay to prepare updates and perform the
necessary QA to get an issue out on time. Why are you pushing to get the
maximum reduced?

(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.)

Reducing the maximum will just result in having everyone miss the
embargo date and putting users at risk.

Marc.



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