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Re: [Full-disclosure] Two biggest Indian University Websites are vulnerable

From: Jeffrey Walton (noloadergmail.com)
Date: Sat Jul 17 2010 - 10:33:46 CDT

On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 8:03 AM, Sandeep Sengupta
<sandeep.senguptagmail.com> wrote:
> 1. we spoke to Univ system admin over the phone yesterday. They are
> aware of the problem.

The best I can tell from Shreyas link (if it is applicable),
disclosing to the University does not relieve or indemnify you from
provisions of 43 (G). Perhaps there's a section which allows public
disclosure after private disclosure?

> Now up to them how much time they will take to
> rectify it. We hope they at least have the wisdom to bring the site
> down till it is debugged. They have the wisest men working for them,
> after all.

Its unfortunate that the University did not jump high enough when you
clapped your hands. I suppose a 12-hour is better than a 0-day. Even
Ormandy gave Microsoft about a man-week for the help center
vulnerability (debatable, but somewhere around the truth).

> 2. In reply to other email from Benji, discovery consists of what
> everyone has seen & thinking what nobody has thought. I had the option
> of keeping quiet, but that would have kept the issue lingering &
> hundreds of students would have suffered.
You forgot to mention the other options at your disposal.

> Univ officials need to wake up fast.
Oh, I see - a political statement - you're grinding an axe. You really
should not claim altruisms ("I did it for the students"). Perhaps it
was also a bit of advertisement for iSolution Software Systems Pvt
Ltd, which is clearly not altruistic.

> 3. The matter has been published by press today morning. I have put on
> full disclosure more than 12 hours later.

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