CVEs are dead, long live the CVE!

For the Linux kernel, CVEs do not work at all given the rate of fixes being applied and rapidly backported and pushed to users through a huge variety of different ways. The average “request to fix” date for Linux CVEs is -100 days, showing that either no one cares about CVEs for Linux, or engineers are using them to game their internal release processes, or no one happens to notice when the kernel developers resolve an issue, or all of the above. This talk will go into the problems with CVEs when it comes to a fast moving project like Linux, and show the decentralized solution that we have been using for the past 14 years instead. All other open source projects are encouraged to use these same methods to help resolve the problems that CVEs have.

Greg KH, Linux Foundation