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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Documentation/security-bugs: Explain why plain text is preferred
On Thu, Jul 09, 2020 at 11:11:30AM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> The security contact list gets regular reports contained in archive
> attachments. This tends to add some back-and-forth delay in dealing with
> security reports since we have to ask for plain text, etc.
> Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <>
> ---
> Documentation/admin-guide/security-bugs.rst | 9 ++++++++-
> 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/security-bugs.rst b/Documentation/admin-guide/security-bugs.rst
> index dcd6c93c7aac..c32eb786201c 100644
> --- a/Documentation/admin-guide/security-bugs.rst
> +++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/security-bugs.rst
> @@ -21,11 +21,18 @@ understand and fix the security vulnerability.
> As it is with any bug, the more information provided the easier it
> will be to diagnose and fix. Please review the procedure outlined in
> -admin-guide/reporting-bugs.rst if you are unclear about what
> +:doc:`reporting-bugs` if you are unclear about what
> information is helpful. Any exploit code is very helpful and will not
> be released without consent from the reporter unless it has already been
> made public.
> +Please send plain text emails without attachments where possible.
> +It is much harder to have a context-quoted discussion about a complex
> +issue if all the details are hidden away in attachments. Think of it like a
> +:doc:`regular patch submission <../process/submitting-patches>`
> +(even if you don't have a patch yet): describe the problem and impact, list
> +reproduction steps, and follow it with a proposed fix, all in plain text.
> +

Acked-by: Will Deacon <>

Hopefully "plain text" implies unencrypted as much as it does "not html".


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