Responsible bug disclosure by corporate fiat

Thursday, 31 October 2002, 1:53 PM EST

I must have a masochistic streak. Nothing else could explain why I occasionally argue in this space that people should act responsibly when disclosing holes in software. If I even hint that the doctrine of full disclosure has limits, the reaction is overwhelming. Among other things, I've been called a Microsoft lackey, a fascist, and "just a plain dolt." You'd think I was criticizing CISSPs.

Most of the negative feedback seems to stem from the belief that I'm opposed to full disclosure. In fact, I'm not.

But I believe that it's time for the security community to develop a broadly supported model for disclosing security vulnerabilities. This model should ultimately result in full disclosure of every security hole in every application. Just not all at once.

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