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Oracle at odds with security "researchers"

Oracle appears to be at odds with publicity motivated security researchers who may be too quick to publish vulnerabilities within Oracle software:

http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/0/FB208DAE086D24ABCC2571810014C73E?OpenDocument

The article notes that some Oracle security researchers make a profit from exploiting Oracle security vulnerabilities and they are not altruistic, with the best-interests of Oracle customers in mind:

From Oracle’s perspective, researchers like Litchfield profit from the publicity they get for exposing Oracle’s security flaws, but that exposure comes at a price: more risk for Oracle’s customers.

There is often little upside to cooperating with companies that do not understand Oracle and who profit from publishing security vulnerabilities, according to Oracle’s chief security officer, Mary Ann Davidson.

“What I really want is a world where there can be fair and accurate criticism,” she says. “I’m all for dialogue, but you have to establish trust.”

These charges that some Oracle security researchers are not being fair and accurate may be well-founded, as some tabloid-like "public service" announcements about Oracle security vulnerabilities are clearly self-serving (for the researchers profit motive) and fail to mention that the vulnerability may apply to only a small set of Oracle customers. 

“Oracle has ignored researchers and also attacked them, saying that researchers are the problem,”

The article also suggests that some Oracle security researchers might like a working relationship with Oracle (a job perhaps)?

“They said recently that they will change the way they communicate with researchers, giving more feedback information, but nothing has happened yet,” he says. “Right now the only feedback you get is the day before a patch is released they [tell] you your bug is going to be patched and nothing else.”

 


 

 
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