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General Advisory Template

<2018-03-10 - minor updates - removed UMD-3 and added wlcg repository>

<Most cases 'ADVISORY' >

<4 Options>

< ‘HEADS UP’ – Sites may be asked to do something urgently soon. 
       Usually only for vulnerabilities which may be a ‘Critical’>
< ‘ADVISORY’ – Sites normally instructed to do something
    The Commonest type of mail, e.g. update when vulnerability fixed in software>
< ‘ALERT’ – Sites should be aware
This may be important to you, you may want to take action. Often ask for feedback
e.g. If any site is aware that any of these or other vulnerabilities presents a serious problem to EGI, please inform the EGI SVG. >
< ‘INFORMATION’ – to inform sites of something
E.g. if a well talked about vulnerability is not relevant>

< E-mail title - as Title >  

<add or delete sections as needed>
<add any information required, template is to help, not rigid>

< Fill in advisory number, title, date, and URL>
< Only upload if 'WHITE'>  
< Title should include the RISK rating (e. g. CRITICAL, HIGH, ...) if available>
< Title should include software affected>
< If applicable, a CVE number or the like should be included >
< The title should be used as mail subject, and on the wiki, but not included in mail itself. >
< The date section should only be included on the wiki> 
< So then the e-mail title starts with the type of notification, then TLP followed by affected software and risk>   

Title:       EGI SVG 'HEADS UP'/'ADVISORY'/'ALERT'/'INFORMATION' [TLP:<Choose TLP colour>]<RISK> risk <cve, software, other info > if 
CVE [EGI-SVG-<cve>] else [EGI-SVG-<year>-<RT-number>]  

Date:        <date  yyyy-mm-dd> <1st released>
Updated:     <date  yyyy-mm-dd>

Affected software and risk

<CRITICAL/HIGH/MODERATE/LOW> risk vulnerability concerning <software/package>

Package :<Name of package>
CVE ID  :<Include CVE's if present>
Bug ID  :<Any identifier by package provider if applicable>

<A few sentences describing the problem > <It was found that SillySoftware exposes users to 
unhealthy levels of  cute cat pictures. Dog lovers are not at risk. The exposure is present in 
versions up to 11.>

Actions required/recommended

<as appropriate e.g.>

<Sites are required to immediately apply the mitigation described below to all user-accessible systems.>

<Sites running xxx are required to urgently apply vendor kernel updates.>
<Sites running yyy are required to urgently install new version>

<Sites are recommended to update relevant components as soon as it is convenient>

<(For critical) All running resources MUST be either patched or have mitigation
in place or software removed by yyyy-mm-dd  00:00 UTC

Sites failing to act and/or failing to respond to requests from the EGI CSIRT team risk site suspension. >

<7 calendar days - plus whatever it takes to get to 00:00 - but if the date falls on a Friday or 
common public holiday, make it the first working day after people are expected back>

<If  high and may become critical>

<Sites should be aware that if a public exploit is released which allows easy root access in the EGI infrastructure this vulnerability is likely to be elevated to 'Critical' and sites will then be required to patch within 7 days or risk suspension. >

<Mostly for 'Alert' - If anyone becomes aware of any situation where this vulnerability has a significant impact on the EGI infrastructure then please inform EGI SVG.>

Affected software details

<This can be omitted if the situation is sufficiently simple to include version info in the 
affected software and risk. For example this may be included if it is quite complex which versions 
of e.g. Linux are affected.>

<e.g. which version(s) of Linux are effected>

<e.g. which middleware component is effected within  gLite/ARC/Unicore/Globus/Other>

More information

<Describe the reason for the issuing of this advisory>  

< A vulnerability has been found in <xxx> software which is part of the <yyy> distribution.> 

<this could include - e.g. updated as patch available> 

<include cve- number if one has been issued> 

<describe the problem, something about why it occurs, and the effect on sites>

<In the case of announced vulnerabilities, simply a reference to the SW provider's info may be sufficient.> 


<If appropriate - Describe mitigation to carry out - this may be to run a script>

< If possible, include either a script and/or include command lines>

< or refer to vendors mitivation> 

Component installation information

The official repository for the distribution of grid middleware for EGI sites is which contains the EGI Unified Middleware Distribution (UMD).

Sites using the EGI UMD 4 should see:

XXX is now (also) available in EPEL

<e.g. patch not yet available>

<e.g. patch available from vendor for x system but not y>

<e.g. pointer to UMD release >


<refer to wlcg repository >


<References to appropriate other software.> 


<List vendors who have already announced patches with references>


< Choose proper TLP color >

** WHITE information - Unlimited distribution - see for distribution restrictions***                       

** GREEN information - Community wide distribution - see for distribution restrictions **

                         **  or
** AMBER information - Limited distribution - see for distribution restrictions **  


** RED information - Personal for Named Recipients Only -  see for distribution restrictions **

<Put on Wiki for WHITE information only>

<(If not public and High or Critical) - This advisory will be placed on the wiki on or after yyyy-mm-dd  (2 weeks later). There may be other reasons why not public. >

URL:<year>-<RT-number>  or
URL:<CVE ID>    

Minor updates may be made without re-distribution to the sites


Comments or questions should be sent to svg-rat  at

If you find or become aware of another vulnerability which is relevant to EGI you may report it by e-mail to  

report-vulnerability at
the EGI Software Vulnerability Group will take a look according to the procedure defined in [R X]  

Note that this has been updated and the latest version approved by the Operations Management Board in November 2017


<Any references to the vulnerability> 
<refer to any public disclosure>
<e.g. Linux vendors info>
<any other info on the problem>

<Useful skeletons>

< NVD >


<  >

< Ubuntu > 

< Debian > 

< CentOS >

< Red Hat >

[R X]


This vulnerability was reported by <if applicable - person who discovers vulnerability>


SVG was alerted to this vulnerability by <if applicable - person who alerts SVG to a vulnerability>

Yyyy-mm-dd  [EGI-SVG-<year>-<RT-number>] 

2018-??-?? Vulnerability reported by <name1>  or SVG alerted to this issue by <name1>
2018-??-?? Acknowledgement from the EGI SVG to the reporter
2018-??-?? (if appropriate) Software providers responded and involved in investigation
2018-??-?? Investigation of vulnerability and relevance to EGI carried out by (as appropriate) 
2018-??-?? EGI SVG Risk Assessment completed
2018-??-?? (if appropriate)Assessment by the EGI Software Vulnerability Group reported to the software providers 
2018-??-?? Updated packages available <in the EGI UMD/other location> 
2018-??-?? Advisory/Alert sent to sites
2018-??-?? Public disclosure


This advisory has been prepared as part of the effort to fulfil EGI SVG's purpose 
"To minimize the risk to the EGI infrastructure arising from software vulnerabilities"

The risk is that assessed by the group, according to the EGI SVG issue handling procedure [R X]  in the context of how the software is used in the EGI infrastructure. It is the opinion of the group, we do not guarantee it to be correct. The risk may also be higher or lower in other deployments depending on how the software is used.   

Others may re-use this information provided they:-

1) Respect the provided TLP classification

2) Credit the EGI Software Vulnerability Group

On behalf of the EGI SVG,

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