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Hi Sophie,
I firstly would like to state that I am in no way negating the hard work the developers make to 
My point is rather that the current model of software releases does not, from what I can tell, 
serve to provide a compelling user experience when a security incident occurs.
I expect that 90+ % of LibreOffice users will now be stuck on an insecure version of the software. 
Perhaps Linux users have an advantage if their distribution provides rolling updates.
However for Mac and Windows users there is no mechanism to inform that a high priority CVE has been 
found that potentially impacts their safety while using LibreOffice. With browser software such as 
Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome I am continuously moved to a patched version.
As a user of Microsoft office 365, for my job, the situation is the same as my browser. I find the 
inability with LibreOffice to adequately inform millions of users that a security vulnerability 
could compromise their system very problematic. This could cause significant reputational damage to 
The Document Foundation if a very critical security issue was discovered.
I personally would like to see some option to receive security updates continuously, be that with 
LibreOffice auto updating like Microsoft office 365 or at the minimum some type of notification 
within LibreOffice that I should consider upgrading due to a security vulnerability.
There will be many millions of users who have no knowledge of this issue and will continue to use 
versions of LibreOffice that could be many years old. I believe that TDF has a duty of care to 
ensure where possible that our users are running software that is as secure as we know.
Best regards,
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  On Thu, 28 Sept 2023 at 9:24 pm, sophi<> wrote:   Hi Eyal, John,

Just to give some information on this peculiar episode. The CVE happened 
just before the conference where most of the team was traveling, not 
easy to do a respin in those conditions.

What Miklos meant is that in the *dev* point of view it was solved, a 
fix has been provided thanks to Caolan, that's all developers can do 
"they move on to the next issue". So nothing more on their side to talk 
about. It doesn't mean they don't care about users, they have done their 
job in fixing the issue, the rest is not in their power. It's up to us, 
you, me.

Then it's up to release engineering, UX and marketing to act. What RE 
did from Monday to today because there was some problem with a Mac version.

We have discussed today inside the team how we could better served our 
users when this type of issue emerged. Security is a difficult topic to 
talk about, there is not only the fix, but how it's embargoed for other 
products, etc.

I think the best way now to go on positively on this is to have a 
discussion between marketing, UX and RE: should we have a pop-up in the 
product advertising about security fix, should we have a special 
communication campaign. Most of the time, there is an embargo and we 
release security fixes without communication because of that, what 
should we do?

Please, open the discussion on the marketing list, all points of view 
and ideas are valuable, but don't shout to our developers, they provided 
a fix very quickly, up to us to know how to communicate it now. This was 
a new situation that needs to be addressed, your opinion about users is 
very much valid, how should we go from there now?


Le 28/09/2023 à 21:36, Eyal Rozenberg a écrit :
I second John's sentiment.

For the vast majority of LibreOffice users, this security problem is
_not_ fixed. And that is because they run versions of LibreOffice with
the vulnerability but without the fix; and have not been made aware of
the vulnerability and the release-with-a-fix.

I would claim that we are responsible to make our users thus aware. Now,
it's true that a user is not likely to allow this particular exploit to
be taken advantage of, since that would mean directing LO at a malicious
.webp somewhere. But - we have over 200 million users IIANM. If
malicious .webp's turn up on the web, it's quite likely some of our
users may do this by mistake; and we would bear some of the
responsibility for the consequences of such an outcome - after we've
told our users that they are in the capable hands of "security experts"
(to quote our website).

Also, what if, next time, the vulnerability is easier to exploit? Do we
even have the mechanism to push at least a warning about the need to
update LO?


PS 1: I have widened the CC of this exchange, as this question relates
to how we present LibreOffice to users; our claims regarding the quality
of this product; and the implicit and explicit guarantees we make to users.

PS 2: Many of us are not able to attend ESC sessions - in general, and
especially in the middle of a work day. And when this is the case we
send an email asking for relevant issues to be considered. Personally, I
struggle to attend even the design meetings (where I believe I can be of
more use).

On 28/09/2023 11:44, John Mills wrote:
Hello Miklos,

Is it an acceptable statement just to say that "we" move on? Yes, the
issue is now resolved for those people that download the newest version
of LibreOffice. However what about the many millions of users that will
not update or have no idea that they are now susceptible to this high
rated CVE?

This is not a compelling strategy and does not serve the best interests
of these users. I think it is poor for the reputation of LibreOffice and
the Document Foundation that there are many millions of unpatched
instances being used that could negatively impact people like this.

Perhaps this particular CVE is on the scale of things considered not
that critical, however what is the strategy if there was ever an exploit
that significantly impacted LibreOffice? How would this be made known to
our user and corrected?

With best regards,


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    On Thu, 28 Sept 2023 at 8:13 am, Miklos Vajna
    <> wrote:
    Hi Eyal,

    On Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 08:31:04PM +0300, Eyal Rozenberg
    < <>> wrote:
     > I would like to ask you to discuss the situation with the 
recent CVE:

    It was already discussed 2 weeks ago. If you have specific questions,
    please ask on the developer list or take part in the ESC call 

    In short: the problem is fixed, it's released, we move on.



Sophie Gautier
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IRC: soph
Foundation coordinator
The Document Foundation


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