Sunday, February 21, 23:48
Home inet BugTraq: The security mailing list closes 27 years later

BugTraq: The security mailing list closes 27 years later

One of the first mailing lists in her field cyber security, dedicated to the communication of vulnerabilities, the BugTraq announced that it is terminating mode at the end of the month, on January 31, 2021.


The site played a key role in shaping the security industry in cyberspace in its early days.

BugTraq, founded by Scott Chasin on 5 November 1993, was the first central gate where the researchers security could expose vulnerabilities they discovered.

However, the list has been in the gray area of ​​the law for many years, as researchers published vulnerabilities which the companies in which they were discovered refused to repair.

Today, it makes sense for a security researcher to publish details about a corrected or uncorrected error, but then, these details were often controversial, and sometimes had many legal consequences.

However, with the passage of time and the change in mentality and legislation, BugTraq became the first place where many important vulnerabilities were announced at a time when researchers could not easily have personal websites and blogs.

BugTraq was also the model for many more gateways to reveal security vulnerabilities.


BugTraq changed hands several times, from Chasin to Brown University and then on SecurityFocus, which was acquired by Symantec. In 2019, the countdown for the gate began, when the Broadcom acquired Symantec. Three months later, in February 2020, the site stopped adding new ones content, remaining mostly empty.

Such as they said the last conservators of the list: “Currently, resources for the BugTraq mailing list are not a priority and this will be the last message in the list".

Many of today's experts in cyber security, who either started or were active in the mailing list since its release, expressed their sadness for the event.

"So many great stories were first reported on BugTraq and FullDisclosure [similar mailing list]"He said Ryan Naraine, security researcher and ex director of security strategy at Intel.

«It's the place the Litchfields made their name in the early days. I remember David Litchfield constantly announcing Oracle tools and research. It was the connecting link between what was emerging as the security industry».

Source: ZDNet


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Absent Mia
Absent Mia
Being your self, in a world that constantly tries to change you, is your greatest achievement


How to make a Facetime Audio call

Tired of low quality cell phone calls? Thanks to FaceTime, you can make high-resolution calls if you use iPhone, iPad, ...

How to add special effects to Instagram messages

Did you know that you can make instant Instagram messages more impressive? Like any other Instagram feature, you can add special ...

Only 270 addresses are responsible for 55% of all money laundering

Cybercriminals who keep their money in cryptocurrencies tend to "launder" money through a small set of online services, according to ...

Twitter: Voice messages are coming! How do we send them?

Twitter will soon support voice messages in both iOS and Android applications. This means that you will be able to send ...

How to connect a Bluetooth headset to a Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch has a headphone jack. However, most headphones have become wireless so you will need a way to connect them ...

How to hide your phone number in Telegram

If you wish to create a Telegram account, you must provide your telephone number. In this way, Telegram validates the ...

Google Assistant: How can you delete your recordings?

Google Assistant can make your daily life much easier. However, it also involves some privacy issues, as ...

Microsoft: Office 2021 / Office LTSC coming in the second half of 2021

Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Office Long Term Service Channel (LTSC) and Office 2021 will be released in 2021, for ...

How to quickly create QR codes with Bing

If you ever need to create a QR code, but you do not know how, Microsoft has an easy-to-use tool available in any program ...

Brave: Onion addresses leaked to DNS traffic

The Tor function included in the Brave web browser, allows users to access .onion dark web domains within ...