Thursday, November 30, 2006

Apple gives credit to evil haxors?

(OK, even I have to admit up front that I'm just giving Apple a kick in the joy department for the fun of it over this one.)

So, I'm having a glance at daringfireball.net this evening, to see what kind of Mac security zealotry I should be enraged about lately. Gruber says they gave HD Moore credit. Hey, look at that! He's right.

Now, you would think that with all the recent past history on Apple and vulnerability disclosure, that Apple would have a policy of not crediting researchers who don't "properly" report vulnerabilities, wouldn't you? After all, not even Microsoft will give you credit if you don't play nice. But for Apple, maybe that's not the case? Here's what I believe is their official policy:
For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available. Apple usually distributes information about security issues in its products through this site and the mailing list below.
Near as I can tell, that's the entirety of their official written policy. If there's a better version, I'd love a link. Note that it doesn't say anything about giving credit or not.

So maybe it's Apple's policy to give credit to the discoverer of the vuln, regardless of how it is disclosed? If so, then kudos to Apple! You've done one better than Microsoft. Honestly, I don't see why you wouldn't. It's a simply acknowledgment of a fact.

Now, if we could just get proper credit attached to an earlier wireless vuln, and work on not pretending a problem doesn't exist until "any necessary patches or releases are available", then I'd be that much happier.

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