Re: [VulnWatch] Details of Sybase ASE bugs withheld
From: Simple Nomad (thegnome_at_nmrc.org)
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 09:03:21 -0600
On Tuesday 22 March 2005 14:53, Marchand, Tom wrote:
> And what happens when the vendor won't indemnify the researchers? No more
> security bulletins? Wouldn't the vendors love that. Or would security
> researchers become outlaws?
It gets worse if you consider that the researcher may be researching a COTS
product on behalf of a client who wants the software evaluated before it is
implemented/purchased. Now where does the EULA lie? Company X bought the
software, but pays me to evaluate it in a cubicle on Company X's property.
Does the EULA apply to me? What if Company X already installed it on a
computer, and *they* clicked "I Agree" during the license question and I am
just there to rip things apart bit by bit?
This is why EULAs don't work in this context.
Additionally, myself and/or NMRC has been threatened with legal action from
several companies or have done "legalish" things to try to scare us ("please
GPG sign NMRC's disclosure policy with *your personal* GPG key and email it
to us before releasing your advisory we don't want published"). My experience
through my employer BindView also leads me to believe that given the chance
any and all vendors will do anything to prevent public disclosure of bugs.
IMO, several large vendors are waiting for one of the smaller companies to
risk the bad publicity of going after a security researcher (criminal, civil,
or both) so a precedence has been set. Assuming the courts decide in favor of
the company instead of the researcher, security research as we know it will
end as all the vendors come after us like biblical locust swarms, and we will
go back underground, old school style.
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