CPE information for Fedora packages useful?
by Silvio Cesare
Debian maintain a list of CPE inormation for packages on their security
The CPE information is not complete and does not contain version
information. This makes it relatively static except when packages are added
or removed from the repository. It can be useful to maintain this limited
CPE information for searching purposes.
In the past I generated an automatic mapping between packages in Debian and
>From combining the Debian CPE list and my package mappings, I can generate a
CPE list for Fedora. The list would not cover all of Fedora's packages and I
could not guarantee 100% accuracy, however such a list may be useful.
I can create this list if the security team or developers are interested and
perhaps it could be put on the Fedora wiki.
Apologies if this has already ben answered. I have asked Fedora in several
forums if similar information (such as package mappings) would be useful,
and the general consensus thus far has been that it is not needed. However,
while package mappings might not be useful to Fedora, perhaps a partial CPE
list could be.
CC me on responses.
12 years, 3 months
Links/new content that may be useful to Fedora
by Silvio Cesare
Hi, I am a PhD student at Deakin University. I am also a recent member to
the Debian testing security team. As part of my research I have been looking
at Linux security.
Debian maintain a security tracker
http://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/ . I think RHEL maintains
security tracking but I do not know the details. Fedora as far as I know do
not publicly and actively maintain security tracking once an advisory is
A simple report I generated last year was tracking of packages and the CVEs
that they reference in an advisory. I did that by scraping the public
mailing list archive of advisories/updates and grepping for CVE references.
I have made a report from last year publicly available
This might be useful on the Fedora wiki.
A report I made of Debian's SUID/SGID programs from all packages in the
repository is here
I suspect Fedora already has such a list in line with the Fedora 15 target
of removing SUID/SGID programs from the distribution.
Another report I made which may or may not be useful to the security team is
a list of packages between Debian and Fedora that are roughly equivalent,
irrespective of what the package names are
There are some false positives and false negatives due to the fact that the
list is automatically generated. This equivalent packages list might be
useful on the Fedora wiki even if it's not a fit in the security section. I
will do another report for Fedora 14 against more Linux distributions if
there is interest.
These links are just small things I've been working on, but I
hope someone in the Fedora project may find them useful. I should also note
that this work is all rather preliminary for now.
Please CC me on responses and if there is a more active or appropriate forum
to raise these types of discussions then please advise.
12 years, 4 months