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Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2023 21:46:04 +0200
From: Solar Designer <>
To: Alan Coopersmith <>
Subject: Re: administrative tasks (was: illumos (or at least danmcd) membership in the distros list)

On Tue, Sep 26, 2023 at 04:04:28PM -0700, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> On 9/25/23 12:23, Solar Designer wrote:
> >Administrative tasks mostly unrelated to (linux-)distros lists (but
> >relevant to the wider community)
> >
> >1. Help ensure that each message posted to oss-security contains the
> >most essential information (e.g., vulnerability detail and/or exploit)
> >directly in the message itself (and in plain text) rather than only by
> >reference to an external resource, and add the missing information
> >(e.g., in your own words, by quoting with proper attribution, and/or by
> >creating and attaching a properly attributed text/plain export of a
> >previously referenced web page) and remind the original sender of this
> >requirement (for further occasions) in a "reply" posting when necessary
> >- primary: Oracle Solaris, backup: Container-Optimized OS

> >3. Monitor for Open Source security issues/topics published elsewhere,
> >identify which of these would fit, and bring them to oss-security

> >6. Suggest and provide examples of quality improvements for such reports
> >(beyond them containing the most essential information)

> Apologies, I may have misremembered exactly what I supposed to be doing at 
> some
> point, and in hindsight, much of what I have done was closer to #6 than #1:
> but I at least did some of #1 if you look far enough back:
> I've also tried to set a good example in the messages I post on behalf of 
> X.Org.

Yes, I appreciate all of this!

> I'd be happy to pass on #1 to someone else and continue doing #3.  I don't 
> have
> the bandwidth to write tools to automate it though (#4) - I mostly monitor
> chatter on twitter & mastodon, watch the newly published CVE list, and 
> monitor updates to 

That's pretty good.  I've just made you primary for #3, and consequently
upgraded Container-Optimized OS to primary for #1 - although I expect
I'll also need to ping them off-list for things to actually be happening.

Container-Optimized OS folks, please let me know if you see this and
think you don't need further pings. ;-)

I'd also appreciate others helping with all of these tasks.  For #3,
there are simply too many relevant "Open Source security issues/topics
published elsewhere" for Alan to notice and handle them all alone.


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