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Red Hat Unveils CVE Security Compatibility

Apr 11, 2002, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])

RALEIGH, N.C.--April 10, 2002--Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT) today announced that security alerts and advisories, including updates issued through the Red Hat Network, will now use Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) standard names.

The CVE project, maintained by the MITRE Corporation, is a list of standardized names for vulnerabilities and security exposures. The common list makes it easier to share data across a broad group of technologies, and can improve the accuracy of alerts and updates that correct potential security issues. In January, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a draft recommendation that government organizations adopt CVE standard solutions throughout their security infrastructure.

"One of the greatest strengths of open source development is the ability to harness the efforts of millions of programmers, users and vendors across the industry to quickly change software, including fixing vulnerabilities," said Mark Cox, senior director of engineering at Red Hat. "The CVE dictionary delivers a common language, enabling our customers to spend less time investigating and categorizing security events, reducing risk and any associated impact."

"The growing acceptance of CVE within the open source community is an important development," said MITRE's Steve Christey, who heads up the CVE Editorial Board and is editor of the CVE List. "We hope that Red Hat's commitment to CVE will encourage other open source vendors to become more actively engaged in this initiative. We formally welcome Mark to our CVE Board, and at the same time we appreciate the significant contributions he has made over the last five months."

Red Hat also announced today that Mark Cox has become the first employee of an open source vendor to join the CVE Editorial Board, whose members collaborate to determine the content of the list. The Board includes representatives from top vendors, academic institutions, government agencies and prominent security experts. Prior to his appointment, Cox had worked as a liaison with the project since November 2001.

"We are working with MITRE and the rest of the CVE Editorial Board to contribute and validate new entries that affect Linux and open source projects, as well as publish CVE entries in our security advisories," said Cox. "It is essential that security vulnerabilities get reported accurately so that affected users can make informed decisions."

For more information on the CVE project, please visit cve.mitre.org.

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