Firefox buffer overflow and full disclosure
Posted Sep 17, 2005 22:29 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
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I don't buy that the "publication" would be responsible for
anyone getting "hurt"
I assume "responsible" is the key word here. I think it's obvious that many people would have their cars broken into if the flaw became common knowledge early who would not have their cars broken into if Ford had time to prepare before it became common knowledge. It's equally clear that there are many people in the opposite situation -- they would avoid the breakin by having the flaw become common knowledge earlier.
So I assume you're just saying that spreading the word isn't responsible for any breakins, even though it is obviously a contributing cause. Like the idea that if you leave a pair of glasses on the floor and someone steps on them, the stepper is not responsible for the damage.
There are plenty of people who would argue either side of the responsibility question. I still believe in the Consumer Reports analogy, CR would assume responsibility and not publish immediately. It seems to be the prevalent view in journalism, and especially among social good organizations like Consumer's Union (publisher of CR).
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