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Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2024 22:59:11 +0000
From: "Liguori, Anthony" <>
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: Re: backdoor in upstream xz/liblzma leading to ssh
 server compromise

On 2024-03-29, Andres Freund wrote:
> Hi,
> On 2024-03-29 21:54:11 -0000, Tavis Ormandy wrote:
>> On 2024-03-29, Solar Designer wrote:
>> >> I have a minor procedural question for Solar though, shouldn't this
>> >> have been redirected to oss-security immediately from distros? What's
>> >> the rationale for an embargo here?
>> >
>> > We don't have a clear policy for such case.  Some distros list members
>> > have indeed suggested making this public ASAP.  We ended up delaying
>> > publication by one day per my suggestion (as a compromise between ASAP
>> > and having no specific CRD), and I think these are some reasons why:
>> Thanks, a compromise is better than nothing :) I think I would have
>> argued for immediately discussing this in the open.
> FWIW, I don't know much of the tradeoffs in this space. With that caveat:

I think we should have a policy that if issues are suspected to be actively exploited, that the issue goes public immediately.  If even there is no patch or mitigation, there's not a lot of benefit to keeping it private.

I think everyone was acting in good faith here and did great work, but there wasn't a clear policy for handling this type of issue.

I very much agree that there's very little benefit to limiting the number of folks that know what's going on when someone is actively taking advantage of an issue.


Anthony Liguori

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