[Full-Disclosure] Re: Announcing new security mailing list

From: Matthew S. Hallacy (full-disclosure@lists.netsys.com)
Date: 07/12/02

From: full-disclosure@lists.netsys.com (Matthew S. Hallacy)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 23:34:39 -0500

On Thu, Jul 11, 2002 at 06:00:25PM -0700, Blue Boar wrote:

> "You", meaning who? Not I.. it went to my list:
> http://online.securityfocus.com/archive/82/261280
> I have my own set of (often harsher) standards for what posts I allow on
> vuln-dev... but that has nothing to do with Bugtraq.
> I assume you mean Dave, whose reply is here:
> http://online.securityfocus.com/archive/82/261454

Sorry, it was Dave, I kind of see securityfocus as one large group..

> I suppose you can accuse him of not stating his standards well enough up
> front for what kinds of messages he considers fraud instructions.

How is it any different from someone writing an exploit and posting it to
the list? I didn't even include any scripts for it, I merely explained
the process (I did have people, such as 3Com (who still claim there is
no problem) say that it was not an issue with their product(s)).

> I might not have approved the original message either. For messages like
> that, I'm often torn between my policy of not allowing posts that tell that
> a particular site is vulnerable to a hole only they can fix, and allowing
> the poster to implicate themself for the poking around they've done. It
> kinda depends if I feel like I've been made an accessory. If so, I'll
> usually approve it for the world to see. Or, maybe forward to the FBI. I
> haven't had occasion to do the latter yet.

I didn't view it as illegal, I had been repeatedly informed by AT&T that
any speed limitations were due to hardware limitations, and that I should
feel free to download all the 'tweaks' available online, etc etc. Never
would they admit to having capped the service (I have the emails to/from
the AT&T tech support rep stating this)

> The point being, that has nothing to do with the Bugtraq moderator holding
> posts so he can warn a vendor to make a fix.

It's about censoring valid content based on a single persons feelings.

> In your case, if I'm reading the headers correctly, there were only about 6
> hours between when you sent the note to Bugtraq, and decided it wasn't
> going to be posted?

Actually I had posted it that Friday, I waited until Monday ~2pm and
re-sent it (thus the 'lets try this again' comment), only at that point
did I recieve a message back from the moderator that he was not going
to allow it through, with no explanation. 6 hours later I posted it to

> BB

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