Re: Issue with Linux Foundation and expectations on ODL projects

Luis Gomez

Hi Jamo,

Few outcomes from yesterday TSC call (at least for me):

1) Thanh will open a ticket to LF to work on a new feature to notify users upfront if there is a security problem in the staging build. I think Allan was waiting long time to get this information.
2) LF will look at the current Nexus IQ problem of reporting old SW security issues in new SW scans.
3) In the situations where it is believed Nexus IQ is not doing the right thing (like this one), the impacted project/person will rise a mail to ODL security team (security@...) with all the details. The ODL security will analyze the problem and if it turns out to be a tool problem, the security team will provide an immediate waiver. If there is a real sec issue, the project/person will have to fix or ask a waiver to the TSC.
4) ODL community needs more and better communication on how things work and change in LF.


On Mar 6, 2020, at 10:37 AM, JamO Luhrsen <jluhrsen@...> wrote:

I missed the TSC meeting last night. Can someone recap over email what came of
this? I see one note in the minutes that Casey indicated that no change has
occurred in the policy regarding security violations, but that doesn't seem
accurate since Plastic v2.1.6 was successfully released, but v2.1.7 is blocked
on security policies. Maybe I don't understand something, but that feels like
something changed...

Also, nobody is answering why the nexus IQ reports are failing v2.1.7 with
logs and messages about v2.1.6. Allan has mentioned that multiple times and
it keeps getting ignored.


On 3/5/20 7:01 PM, Thanh ha wrote:
On Thu, 5 Mar 2020 at 16:45, Anil Belur <abelur@...> wrote:
On Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 2:05 AM Allan <aclarke@...> wrote:

I have been trying to get a new release of the Plastic sub-project out for 3 weeks now and have been clogged up in LF helpdesk.


LF is not allowing newer release of Plastic 2.1.7 that fixes 3rd party vulnerabilities already in 2.1.6 release.

LF wants ODL after-the-fact approval for Plastic 2.1.6 that is already publicly available.

Both LF tooling (Nexus IQ) and vulnerability process is broken.


Here is the sequence of events AFAIKT:

• Plastic 2.1.6 released (months ago)
• LF silently changes release process to require Nexus IQ passing (no docs, no links to help PTLs BTW)
• Plastic 2.1.7 candidate build successful but not available for testing
• LF helpdesk says Nexus IQ violations making build unavailable
• (Older version of Guava and Groovy have exposure on features not used by Plastic)
• LF finally gets accounts and links fixed so Nexus IQ reports are available to PTL
• New version of Plastic 2.1.7 candidate build (violations fixed)
• Build still not available due to “violations” (what???)
• Nexus IQ report is all screwed up in the UI, mixing 2.1.6 and 2.1.7 up, mislabeling, clearly buggy
• Nexus IQ report appears to be showing old violations against ALREADY RELEASED 2.1.6
• LF says because security violations are involved, the ODL Security group needs waivers.


I would like to release Plastic 2.1.7. It has improvements and fixes violations in 3rd party libraries.

It has been languishing and holding up the next major release.

I would like a release process that understands when “the horse has left the barn” and that thinks it is a good thing when a new release fixes vulnerabilities in an old release.

Allan Clarke

Plastic PTL

Greetings Allan:

I understand the concerns on the delay in releasing Plastic, please find my response below.

1. The policy violations are security issues outside the scope of LF/RE's to determine if they can be waived.
2. The policy violations showing up on stage repositories is a "feature" and not a "bug", and a proactive way to ensure these violations are going to be addressed early on before a release.
3. The violations seen recently in plastic is a result of updating the "Nexus platform plugin", which is working as expected and not a result of any to Nexus repository level setting.
4. It's seldom up to LF or the PTL's to waive IQ policy violations, waivers can only come from the ODL security team as approved by the TSC.

The concerning thing here for me is LF deployed a new release process requiring someone or group of people to analyse and provide a security waiver to projects before allowing the project to be released and actively blocks the project from doing so. While the goal of this process might be fine and proactive the way LF decided to unleash this to the world is not.

The community was not informed of the new process, nor has there been any communication to the communitiy to setup a process for providing security waivers to projects (if there has I apologies as I have not seen it and would welcome someone to correct me otherwise). The problem is today there is no way for a PTL to have this security waiver approved.

I'm not sure how LF can justify implementing a new "feature" without first implementing any processes around to support the feature with the community, then seemingly telling the community it is their problem to handle it.


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