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Re: Current standards/criteria for 'Undefined Behavior'

As we become a more internationally diverse group, it is important all 
get to participate in the decision making. I agree Board calls are 
useful for accelerating decisions based on back-and-forth conversations 
but it is not fair to those that can’t participate due to time zone, 
travel or real day jobs.

One of the things we have agreed to as a Board is that WG decisions 
need to be put onto the Board list as recommendations. The Board then 
has a specified time to disagree with the recommendations. If there is 
no disagreement when the time period expires, the recommendations are 

Maybe we could consider that type of approach for Board call decisions. 
 The call minutes could have a section that specifically lists the 
decisions agreed to on the call with some background on the decision.  
The minutes would be posted with the decisions section copied and 
included in the body of the Board Minutes message in addition to the 
attached minutes file.  The Board members then have a week (or some 
specified time) to disagree and initiate a conversation. Any decisions 
not addressed are blessed with the “silence begets acceptance” approach.

We should be addressing the decisions that Board members have an issue 
with or need clarification on, not the ones we agree on.

Kent Landfield

On 7/7/17, 2:55 PM, "owner-cve-editorial-board-list@lists.mitre.org on 
behalf of Waltermire, David A. (Fed)" 
<owner-cve-editorial-board-list@lists.mitre.org on behalf of 
david.waltermire@nist.gov> wrote:

    Who is responsible for deciding how big/risky or small/minor a 
given issue is? I wouldn't want that job.
    The problem is those present on the board call might think an issue 
is "small" and inconsequential. Those that might find a big problem in 
a small thing might not be present on a given call to raise such a 
concern. This is where there is value in sending a short email to the 
list to keep everyone looped in. We have had some examples of this in 
the past with changes to CVE status, impacts on downstream consumers, 
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Pascal Meunier [mailto:pmeunier@cerias.purdue.edu]
    > Sent: Friday, July 07, 2017 3:46 PM
    > To: Coffin, Chris <ccoffin@mitre.org>; Waltermire, David A. (Fed)
    > <david.waltermire@nist.gov>
    > Cc: Carsten Eiram <che@riskbasedsecurity.com>; 
    > <cve-editorial-board-list@LISTS.MITRE.ORG>
    > Subject: Re: Current standards/criteria for 'Undefined Behavior'
    > On Fri, 2017-07-07 at 18:49 +0000, Coffin, Chris wrote:
    > > One worry in going this route would be that we'd never actually 
    > > any decisions on the Board calls and the value of them could be
    > > greatly diminished.
    > I understand and applaud the drive to get things done and decided.
    > On the other hand, for some decisions, more time to think things 
    > and leverage the input of the entire board would be wise.
    > Board calls are the perfect place to make decisions too minor, or 
irrelevant to
    > the board's interests, for the entire board to get involved, for 
    > sake.  I think it's a judgment call to decide which decisions can 
be done on the
    > calls.  However, CVE assignment policy decisions are of interest 
to the entire
    > board.  My point is that splitting the difference in the middle, 
and having
    > some categories of decisions flagged for mailing list 
discussions, may be close
    > to optimal.
    > Pascal

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