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Red Hat’s disclosure process

Vincent Danen published on 2018-07-10T13:00:00+00:00, last updated 2018-07-10T14:13:34+00:00

Last week, a vulnerability (CVE-2018-10892) that affected CRI-O, Buildah, Podman, and Docker was made public before some affected upstream projects were notified. We regret that this was not handled in a way that lives up to our own standards around responsible disclosure. It has caused us to look back to see what went wrong so as to prevent this from happening in the future.

Because of how important our relationships with the community and industry partners are and how seriously we treat non-public information irrespective of where it originates, we are taking this event as an opportunity to look internally at improvements and challenge assumptions we have held.

We conducted a review and are using this to develop training around the handling of non-public information relating to security vulnerabilities, and ensuring that our relevant associates have a full understanding of the importance of engaging with upstreams as per their, and our, responsible disclosure guidelines. We are also clarifying communication mechanisms so that our associates are aware of the importance of and methods for notifying upstream of a vulnerability prior to public disclosure.

Red Hat values and recognizes the importance of relationships, be they with upstreams, downstreams, industry partners and peers, customers, or vulnerability reporters. We embrace open source development principles including trust and transparency. As we navigate through a landscape full of software that will inevitably contain security vulnerabilities we strive to manage each flaw with the same degree of care and attention, regardless of its potential impact. Our commitment is to work with other vendors of Linux and open source software to reduce the risk of security issues through responsible information sharing and peer reviews.

This event has reminded us that it is important to remain vigilant, provide consistent, clear guidance, and handle potentially sensitive information appropriately. And while our track record of responsible disclosure speaks for itself, when an opportunity presents itself to revisit, reflect, and improve our processes, we make the most of it to ensure we have the proper procedures and controls in place.

Red Hat takes its participation in open source projects and security disclosure very seriously. We have discovered hundreds of vulnerabilities and our dedicated Product Security team has participated in responsible disclosures for more than 15 years. We strive to get it right every time, but this time we didn't quite live up to the standards to which we seek to hold ourselves. Because we believe in open source principles such as accountability, we wanted to share what had happened and how we have responded to it. We are sincerely apologetic for not meeting our own standards in this instance.

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Vincent Danen

Vincent Danen lives in Canada and is the Senior Manager of Product Security at Red Hat. He joined Red Hat in February 2009 and has been working within the open source security world since 2002.
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