On this issue, the following paper may be of interest. It contemplates an orderly trade in exploits: .

Thank you,

Al Matthews, Software Dev,
Atlanta University Center
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] SEC4LIB or "Hack, Crack, and Frakk" breakout sessions

I remember the related discussion from last month ( -- and kudos for bringing it up again -- and I find I'm still of mixed feelings about it.  Security is an important aspect of software development, no argument, but I wonder if there is something separate or distinct for libraries about the topic.  What I do wonder about, though, is if there is a role for a generic-to-libraries security incident response team that would responsibly take in reports of security problems, work with vendors and/or software developers, and publish outcomes.  I could see a need for such a team that was respected in our field and had contacts with people from the vendor community and FOSS projects.


On Apr 20, 2012, at 12:35 PM, Erin Germ wrote:
> At IUG I talked to a few people about security of library services and
> applications. Becky had mentioned doing a breakout session to discuss
> security at the next IUG or conference.
> Would anyone be interested in helping plan a breakout session and
> discussing security of library services and application? A recent
> presentation lead me to believe it would also be of great value to have a
> set of good practices that are very accessible to those who do not have a
> security, or even IT, background.
> Or would anyone be interested in forming an informal SEC4LIB discussion
> group. This would be an informal group to discuss existing security
> features and shortcomings of library services and applications. Ideally
> this would include a blend of high and low level skills and knowledge.
> I am personally interested in documenting known and patched vulnerabilities
> of current and past library software and services.

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