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Re: gnutls package may be vulnerable to CVE-2021-20232

From: zimoun
Subject: Re: gnutls package may be vulnerable to CVE-2021-20232
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2021 12:53:19 +0100

Hi Léo,

On Sat, 13 Mar 2021 at 11:50, Léo Le Bouter <> wrote:
> On Sat, 2021-03-13 at 05:12 -0500, Mark H Weaver wrote:

>> For what it's worth, I think that <> would be a more
>> appropriate place to send these bug reports.  What do you think?
> I don't know, it seems people read guix-devel more maybe? I don't know
> if they are bug reports, most of the time I am handling these issues
> myself, I just try to keep a public log so I don't forget things and
> can come back later, and if I disappear, other people can still have a
> go at them.

I also think it is better to fill a bug report for these security issues
instead of guix-devel.  One reason is debbugs allows severity tags,
which can be helpful to filter.  Another reason is «if you disappear»,
people will not dig into guix-devel to read this “public log” but would
probably address the items in the bug tracker.

I speak for myself, when I read guix-devel or any other Guix list, I
have an org-capture and capturing security issue is not in my list (I
have enough on my plate :-)).  Time to time, I open “M-x debbugs-gnu“
and select bugs: check the status and try to close them; and months
later from now I will never search in guix-devel to check
vulnerabilities of some packages.  And even if I would do, the search
query, assuming a pattern in the messages, would return both closed and
still open security issues, so I would have to read first some messages,
even the closed ones, just to find the still open ones; the length of
the search results becoming larger and larger.

BTW, thanks for all this effort! :-)


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