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Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:24:19 -0700
From: Kurt Seifried <>
To: oss-security <>
Cc: CVE ID Requests <>
Subject: Re: why many CVEs are ** RESERVED ** on Mitre

On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 1:44 AM, Sona Sarmadi <> wrote:

> Hi again,
> Does anyone know why Mitre lists many CVEs ** RESERVED ** while they are
> public (e.g. curl CVEs below)?

As per

This is a standardized text description of the issue(s). One common entry

** RESERVED ** This candidate has been reserved by an organization
or individual that will use it when announcing a new security problem.
When the candidate has been publicized, the details for this
candidate will be provided.

This means that the entry number has been reserved by Mitre for an issue or
a CNA has reserved the number. So in the case where a CNA requests a block
of CVE numbers in advance (e.g. Red Hat currently requests CVEs in blocks
of 500), the CVE number will be marked as reserved even though the CVE
itself may not be assigned by the CNA for some time. Until the CVE is
assigned AND Mitre is made aware of it (e.g. the embargo passes and the
issue is made public), AND Mitre has researched the issue and written a
description of it, entries will show up as "** RESERVED **".

The good news is this is changing (MITRE will be able to accept
descriptions/data from other parties at some point). I don't have an exact
time frame though.

> CVE-2016-8615
> CVE-2016-8616
> CVE-2016-8617
> CVE-2016-8618
> CVE-2016-8619
> CVE-2016-8620
> CVE-2016-8621
> CVE-2016-8622
> CVE-2016-8623
> CVE-2016-8624
> CVE-2016-8625
> Shouldn't Mitre follow a process and update the page after CVEs have
> been made public e.g. by upstream project? Or perhaps there is another
> reason for these CVEs not to be updated?
> Best,
> ---------------------------------------
> Sona Sarmadi
> Security Responsible for Enea Linux


Kurt Seifried -- Red Hat -- Product Security -- Cloud
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