Subject: Re: Wondering about systrace
To: Martin Weber <Ephaeton@gmx.net>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com>
Date: 05/12/2004 09:15:57
On Wed, May 12, 2004 at 11:07:40AM +0200, Martin Weber wrote:
> Yo NetBSD Security team,
> I was very surprised to learn about ``NetBSD Systrace Privilege Escalation'' [1,2]
> on Daemon news, and not on the announce/tech-sec mailing lists. As I take it the
> dates of discussion of the vulnerability falls nicely along with our ftp server
> problems; yet may something like that:
> `` Disclosure Timeline
> 9. April 2004 Bug is fixed in NetBSD CVS tree.
> 11. April 2004 NetBSD informed me that they hope to release within the week.
> 3. May 2004 After contacting NetBSD again they tell me that they
> "lost track" and hope to release within the week (again)
> 11. May 2004 Since the fix over a month has passed. Still no vendor advisory.
> Public Disclosure. '' ()
I think there's some misunderstanding here. We don't usually do security
advisories for code that's not released; we fix the bug, and note the fix
appropriately in the CVS revision log; if you're using -current, you're
really supposed to keep an eye on source-changes, and so you'd see the
We may have offered to do a special security advisory for this issue at the
request of the person who brought it to our attention; security-officer
would have to comment on that. In that case, I'd assume that at least part
of the procedural difficulty was because that's not something we usually do.
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