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Security: Patches, CVSS, DANE OPENPGPKEY for debian.org, and Windows Voting Machines

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  • Security updates for Wednesday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (redis), Fedora (expat), Mageia (dosbox, irssi, microcode, and postgresql11), Red Hat (bind, dbus, openstack-ironic-inspector, openstack-tripleo-common, python-novajoin, and qemu-kvm-rhev), Scientific Linux (kernel), SUSE (kernel-firmware, libdlm, libqb, and libqb), and Ubuntu (apport).

  • Why CVSS does not equal risk: How to think about risk in your environment

    I’m going to come right out and say it: CVSS does NOT equal Risk (CVSS!=Risk). Anyone who thinks otherwise is mistaken and setting themselves up for more work, pain, and stress than they realistically should have to go through. A risk is a potential for loss or damage if a threat exploits a vulnerability (which is a weakness in hardware or software). We’ll talk more about all that momentarily.

    Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is a toolset and methodology used by many of us in the industry (hardware/software manufacturers, maintainers, etc.) and security researchers to describe the relative severity of security vulnerabilities in a consistent, quantitative way. This data being represented results in a score ranging from lowest 0, to the highest of 10.

    Recently the FIRST CVSS SIG updated the released version 3.1 of the framework which is the point of reference for this post. I'd strongly encourage anyone that uses the framework, or is impacted by security flaws (typically documented with a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) entry) to read the updated procedures and guidance.

  • DANE OPENPGPKEY for debian.org

    I recently announced the publication of Web Key Directory for @debian.org e-mail addresses. This blog post announces another way to fetch OpenPGP certificates for @debian.org e-mail addresses, this time using only the DNS. These two mechanisms are complementary, not in competition. We want to make sure that whatever certificate lookup scheme your OpenPGP client supports, you will be able to find the appropriate certificate.

    The additional mechanism we're now supporting (since a few days ago) is DANE OPENPGPKEY, specified in RFC 7929.

  • Voting Machine Makers Claim The Names Of The Entities That Own Them Are Trade Secrets

    This seems like very basic information -- information the Board should know and should be able to pass on to the general public. After all, these are the makers of devices used by the public while electing their representatives. They should know who's running these companies and who their majority stakeholders are. If something goes wrong (and something always does), they should know who's ultimately responsible for the latest debacle.

    It's not like the state was asking the manufacturers to cough up code and machine schematics. All it wanted to know is the people behind the company nameplates. But the responses the board received indicate voting system manufacturers believe releasing any info about their companies' compositions will somehow compromise their market advantage.

    Hart Intercivic said letting the public know that the company is owned by H.I.G. Hart, LLC and Gregg L. Burt is a fact that would devalue the company if it were made public.

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