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OpenSSL gave everyone alarm fatigue


I'm worried that this is going to be seen as a reason to not take "CRITICAL" disclosures seriously at first glance like we should. A "CRITICAL" bug MUST be treated as if it was critically bad. From a community health perspective, people have been told that something really bad is about to come out for a week and then had the rug pulled out from under them and now it's "nah we were wrong you're probably fine".

I totally agree. For a week, I was slightly anxious about the impact this vulnerability would have on our systems at work and my own private services. I relaxed a bit when I realised Debian 11 ships with OpenSSL 1.1.1 which is not impacted, but still was keeping my eye out for everything else.

Then, yesterday it turned out that - yes - it is bad, but in really specific, not even that often occurring circumstances. Combined with the re-framed impact level of 'high', that takes away believability of the initial 'this is really impactful!' news and the accompanying hype.

The information provided by the devs themselves on the OpenSSL blog

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