The new security disclosure landscape
Security disclosure has always been a contested topic, pitting “those that find the bugs” against “those that are responsible for the bugs.” In the days before security disclosure became a formal topic, those people who gave credence to some sort of moral compass often sought to follow a “gentleman’s code” that typically involved an earnest attempt to disclose the problem to the vendor and give the vendor a chance to fix it. There eventually came a time when this unofficial disclosure code of conduct became subject to different ideologies, which made it hard to know what ideology a discloser or vendor embraced. So the logical move was to write down the unwritten rules of disclosure, and that’s where RFPolicy came from. Note that the goal was not to specify the rules of disclosure, but rather to document one specific disclosure ideology.
At the BlueHat blog.
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