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Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:30:42 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: list policy (Re: Truly scary SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon:)

Looks like I need to comment on the specific questions on list policy:

On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 10:48:00PM -0700, Walter Parker wrote:
> What is this list's policy on Full Disclosure?

Whatever is sent to the list, if on-topic and otherwise appropriate
(e.g., not some non-English HTML-only message), is posted with no
artificial delay.  In this respect, the only difference from the
Full-Disclosure mailing list (as far as I understand how it's run) is
that oss-security is limited to / focused on Open Source.

While the charter does discourage some kinds of postings, this is only
being enforced for off-topic or technically inappropriate postings.

Specifically, this says (among other things):

- Public security issues only please.  What you say here is public for
the world to see - keep that in mind.  Some kinds of embargoed
information (intended for public disclosure in at most 2 weeks) may be
disclosed to distros.

- Please don't send fully working exploits (but testcases that exercise
the flaw are welcome)

FWIW, I've always been tempted to remove the latter guideline, but as
you can see I left it around for now.  (Someone else in this community
wrote it.)

Like I said, these two guidelines above are not actually being enforced
during message moderation.  They're merely polite requests/reminders.

> What is this list's policy on sourced/unsourced security rumors?

No specific policy - I don't think it's ever been discussed so far.
Personally, I'd like on-topic rumors to be posted in here, with due
warnings on how unreliable the information might be.

> Why do people on lists like this seem to think that censoring themselves
> and others will actually do any good.

There are a lot of people in here (as well as "on lists like this"),
with different opinions.  In this thread, we've only seen one person
suggest anything like you describe.

> On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM, Sona Sarmadi <> wrote:
> > A reflection: Maybe we shouldn't post  information like this here or
> > somewhere else which is not published yet even if the information has leak
> > out? Although all members here are reliable but it is still an open mailing
> > list and we should be careful and act more responsible.

Personally, I find this ridiculous, as do many others.  (No offense
intended.)  Just off Twitter:

<i0n1c> Seriously? People are discussing on OSS if it is irresponsible to discuss SSL3 vulnerability while someone kept it under embargo.

Of course, even having this sort of discussion makes us look ridiculous.
Yet if a list member wanted to post this "reflection", it should have
been posted, and it was.


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