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Systemd Named ‘Lamest Vendor’ At Pwnie Security Awards

Long-time Slashdot reader darkpixel2k shares a highlight from the Black Hat USA security conference. The Register reports:

The annual Pwnie Awards for serious security screw-ups saw hardly anyone collecting their prize at this year’s ceremony in Las Vegas… The gongs are divided into categories, and nominations in each section are voted on by the hacker community… The award for best server-side bug went to the NSA’s Equation Group, whose Windows SMB exploits were stolen and leaked online this year by the Shadow Brokers…
And finally, the lamest vendor response award went to Systemd supremo Lennart Poettering for his controversial, and perhaps questionable, handling of the following bugs in everyone’s favorite init replacement: 5998, 6225, 6214, 5144, and 6237… “Where you are dereferencing null pointers, or writing out of bounds, or not supporting fully qualified domain names, or giving root privileges to any user whose name begins with a number, there’s no chance that the CVE number will referenced in either the change log or the commit message,” reads the Pwnie nomination for Systemd, referring to the open-source project’s allergy to assigning CVE numbers. “But CVEs aren’t really our currency any more, and only the lamest of vendors gets a Pwnie!”
CSO has more coverage — and presumably there will eventually be an official announcement up at Pwnies.com.

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