[CESG] FW: Publicly Available CCSDS Mailing List Archives

Shames, Peter M (312B) Peter.M.Shames at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Oct 26 18:55:59 UTC 2018

Dear CESG,

AT various times we have talked about the expectation that the CCSDS mailing lists, at least some of them, are closed and therefore private to that group.  This is a particular concern, I think, for the CESG and CMC discussions.  We control who can be added to those lists and also who can post to them.  But it appears that this "privacy" is not really the case since the email list archives are open to being read by anyone at all.

See the following notice from the Sec WG.

Also, see the CMC archives at https://mailman.ccsds.org/pipermail/cmc/

I think we should probably suggest that the Secretariat do something about this.

Regards, Peter

From: Howie Weiss <Howard.Weiss at parsons.com>
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10:19 AM
To: Peter Shames <Peter.M.Shames at jpl.nasa.gov>
Cc: "'Daniel.Fischer'" <Daniel.Fischer at esa.int>, Howie Weiss <Howard.Weiss at parsons.com>
Subject: Publicly Available CCSDS Mailing List Archives


I had an action item from the Security WG that I neglected to do at the SEA closing plenary which I now discovered when going through my notes to write up the meeting minutes.

The concern is with the working group mailing list archives.  Anyone, without any authorization, can read the archives.  As a result, we have eliminated any potential for mailing list privacy.  The mail is not just available to the members of the mailing list – they are available to anyone world-wide.

Here’s a screen shot of the CESG archive that I just viewed (and I can read any of the emails listed).

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We believe that this must be fixed ASAP.



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