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Re: DWF can go from red to a very dark orange...

On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 11:50 PM, jericho <jericho@attrition.org> wrote:

On Thu, 20 Apr 2017, Kurt Seifried wrote:

: Progress in our time
: https://github.com/distributedweaknessfiling/DWF-CVE-2017-1000000/commit/7e1ff65791a766fb74d440ab3110ab1331032e50

As an early advocate of, and now an apparent critic of... =)

Why did DWF break from the prior format?


As per a previous board call conversation:

is historical data

is also historical, we will at some point offer an "old style" csv view of the database, but I want to re-examine a lot of assumptions there and find some potentially better ways to do it.

Now the meat of the matter:

For scaling reasons I'll be sharding the data, the master DB is at:

Essentially there is a CSV for each year, with links to the repos that hold the data. The repos themselves just hold the JSON files in a directory. This will help me deal with two main issues: git churn (e.g. CVE-2009-3555 with a gazillion updates) and large CVE's (e.g. ones with large files embedded within them, like proof of concepts that require a large file image or whatever). 

We had per-year CSVs with the assignment info. From there we could look at
the artifacts in a separate repo using the same ID.

Now you are using a new repo and format:


Not only do we lose the CSV, we move entirely to JSON format. While that
is of obvious interest to some stakeholders, and has been discussed on
list recently, that isn't necessarily immediately usable to everyone.
Further, the new format means there is no central file or 'registry' to
reference these. Consider what the URL above gives us:

        CVE-2017-1000001.json   CVE-2017-1000001        3 months ago
        CVE-2017-1000357.json   ODL CVE's       7 hours ago
        CVE-2017-1000358.json   ODL CVE's       7 hours ago
        CVE-2017-1000359.json   ODL CVE's       7 hours ago
        CVE-2017-1000360.json   ODL CVE's       7 hours ago
        CVE-2017-1000361.json   ODL CVE's       7 hours ago

So we have to click each link, digest the JSON, and figure out the
assignment? Compare to the previous system where a single CSV gave us a
reference point, vendor, product, dates, type of vuln, and who
discovered... this seems to be a step back in many ways.

After several months of no new DWF assignments, while having a DWF-minted
CNA in the form of an individual, that I have brought up on list because
the Twitters brought it up and caught my attention... One has to wonder if
DWF is losing focus from the original goal.



Kurt Seifried -- Red Hat -- Product Security -- Cloud
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