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Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 17:09:42 +0100
From: Greg KH <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2021-20177 kernel: iptables string match rule
 could result in kernel panic

On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 03:23:16PM +0000, John Haxby wrote:
> > On 12 Jan 2021, at 08:04, Greg KH <> wrote:
> > 
> > I still do not understand why you report issues that are fixed over a
> > year ago (October 2019) and assign them a CVE like this.  Who does this
> > help out?  And what about the thousands of other issues that are fixed
> > in the kernel and not assigned a CVE like this, are they somehow not as
> > important to your group?
> > 
> > What determines what you want to give a CVE to and what you do not?
> I think I can answer that.   There's nothing technical going on here,
> it's down to the behaviour of the end users of enterprise systems.

Ok, I can understand that crazyness, and somehow believe it, so I have
not complained when announcements like this come out for issues that
affect RHEL releases as RH is known for abusing^using the CVE system in
this manner.  But that was not the case here at all, which is why I
asked this.


greg k-h

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