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Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 21:19:44 +1000
From: paul.szabo@...ney.edu.au
To: marsh@...endedsubset.com
Cc: full-disclosure@...ts.grok.org.uk
Subject: Re: Mathematica on Linux
	/tmp/MathLink	vulnerability

Dear Marsh,

Personal opinions (hoping not to start a flame war) on your questions:

> A. Does anyone think there would be much gained by me requesting (or
> insisting on) a CVE number?

I do not see the need for CVEs for such "trivial" (easily verifiable)
problems. I find them useful when problems or fixes are reported in
"obscure" software (e.g. in binary-only proprietary distributions), so
as to identify same-known-problem reports.

> B. Does anybody actually care about local escalations any more, or is
> everyone just expected to have their very own personal virtual private
> cloud for a security boundary?

We each must protect our own cocoons. Saving the world is impossible.

Cheers, Paul

Paul Szabo   psz@...hs.usyd.edu.au   http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/psz/
School of Mathematics and Statistics   University of Sydney    Australia

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