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Re: UK ISP threatens security researcher
On Fri, 20 Apr 2007 14:56:06 EDT, Kradorex Xeron said: > In my personal opinion, ISPs, vendors, and such should legally be held > responsible for their product's security and unconditionally be made to > repair any security holes. -- if a vendor or ISP maintains good security > practices, there will be nothing for them to fear from this. Repair *ANY* holes? *unconditionally*? Including ones that are *demonstrably* difficult to actually exploit (for instance, attacks that require physical access to the router), or have a low probability of causing significant damage? For a "reducto ad absurdum" - I have found an attack against the MPEG format, which combined with a known weakness in one vendor's handling of long runs of zero bits, has the potential of corrupting one or two pixels in every 56 minutes of downloaded video, and requires that I be able to clamp a device of my design around the cable within 2 feet of the router. You're required to fix it, even though the fix will require the forklift upgrade of your entire backbone, as the long-run issue is a design limitation of the router you use throughout your core, and also harden all your PoP's to withstand an attack by a squad of 3 to 5 M1 Abrams tanks, just in case I'm *really* determined to get into the room with the router rack. Oh, and it's arguable that it isn't even *your* problem to fix, but somebody else's. Did you want to be legally held to this? Be careful what you ask for - you might actually get it.