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Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2021 12:04:33 -0400
From: Alex Gaynor <>
Subject: Re: 3 new CVE's in vim

It seems a bit like makes an incentive, that has always
existed, explicit: There are rewards for getting CVEs issued. Folks
put them on their resumes, include them in audit reports they do, etc.
At least they're paying for fixes as well!


On Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 11:50 AM Alan Coopersmith
<> wrote:
> On 9/30/2021 7:39 PM, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> > I haven't seen these make it to the list yet, but three CVE's were
> > recently assigned for bugs in vim.  [I personally don't see how
> > there's a security boundary crossed in normal vim usage here, but
> > could see issues if someone had configured vim to run with raised
> > privileges for editing system/application configuration files or
> > similar.]
> I do note all three of these were submitted via, which offers
> bounties for both reporting & fixing security bugs.  As a maintainer of
> an upstream open source project which is struggling with finding people
> to fix reported security bugs [1], I do appreciate the additional
> incentive to provide fixes here.  But as a maintainer of a distro, I see
> a mismatch with the incentives here, as you get bounties for accepting
> everything as a security bug and not pushing back, and flooding the
> distros with CVE's - even if your distro policy isn't to handle every
> CVE that applies, security auditors will often make your users query
> about every CVE that they think applies, costing your time to respond.
> [1]
> --
>        -Alan Coopersmith-     
>         Oracle Solaris Engineering -

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing.

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