Re: Call for Community Feedback: Guidance on Reporting Protocol Vulnerabilities

Michael Thomas <mike@mtcc.com> Wed, 28 October 2020 19:42 UTC

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Subject: Re: Call for Community Feedback: Guidance on Reporting Protocol Vulnerabilities
To: Benjamin Kaduk <kaduk@mit.edu>
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From: Michael Thomas <mike@mtcc.com>
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On 10/28/20 11:42 AM, Benjamin Kaduk wrote:
>
>> If errata is that mechanism for something controversial, it's news to
>> me. Mostly what i've seen with errata are minor fixes which the wg chair
>> and/or authors can sign off easily.
> I don't think that errata are the definitive mechanism for potentially
> controversial things or things that require intrusive changes to resolve,
> but they can be an appropriate tool.  A drive-by errata report without
> additional discussion is probably not going to be the most effective way to
> make progress on such issues, but it can definitely be useful to have the
> issue documented in an errata report, even as a revision to the RFC is
> underway to fix the issue.

Yeah, there is a massive energy bandgap between errata and revving an 
RFC. Obviously you want clue to look over the problem and find the fix, 
but the current process isn't set up to quickly rev an RFC, especially 
if it is critical from what I've seen. Maybe distinction needs to be 
drawn on errata that are not very controversial if at all, and ones that 
require protocol changes to make fixes where there are different process 
rules for each?

Mike