Government against full disclosure of vulnerabilities

Friday, 2 August 2002, 12:23 PM EST

Speaking at the annual Black Hat Conference of Information Technology Professionals in Las Vegas Wednesday, Richard Clarke, President Bush's special advisor for cyber space security, said security professionals have an obligation to be responsible with the disclosure of security vulnerabilities. They should first report vulnerabilities to the vendor who makes the software in which the vulnerability is found, and then tell the government if the vendor doesn't take action.

Only after a patch for the vulnerability is distributed, he said, should others be notified about the vulnerability.

"It's irresponsible and sometimes extremely damaging to release information before the patch is out," Clarke said in his speech.

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