A set of all-new updates were being released by GitHub on Friday, all the updates pronounce that how the company will deal with all kind of exploits and malware samples that are hosted on their service.

GitHub is one of the famous internet hosting providers (hosting for software development and version control). According to the experts, all these updates were quite necessary as nowadays malware attacks are increasing rapidly. 

After the release of the new updates, the security researcher Nguyen Jang got an email from Microsoft that is owned by GitHub. The email states that the proof-of-concept(PoC) exploit has been detached as it breaches the Acceptable Use Policies.

Soon after that, in a report, GitHub asserted that they have taken down the PoC, as they want to defend Microsoft Exchange servers because recently these servers were being deliberately exploited when the vulnerability was being used.

Apart from all these the experts also affirmed that these new updates will not allow the use of GitHub in support of all illegitimate attacks or any other malware campaigns, as it generally causes technical harm.

Updated guidelines

With policy updates, GitHub also declared that the uploading of PoC exploits and malware are authorized if they have a dual-user purpose.

Everyone prefers dual-use content, as it means that it can be used for all kinds of positive sharing of new data, and at the same time it can also be utilized for malicious purposes.

However, GitHub has added some key changes in their new updated guidelines, and here we have mentioned them below:-

  • We explicitly permit dual-use security technologies and content related to research into vulnerabilities, malware, and exploits. Everybody knows that there are many security research that has dual-use in GitHub and have benefited the security community in many ways.
  • We have clarified how and when we may disrupt ongoing attacks that are leveraging the GitHub platform as an exploit or malware content delivery network (CDN). The experts state that GitHub is not being used directly for malicious attacks, as it occurs physical damage, overconsumption of resources, and many more.
  • We made clear that we have an appeal and reinstatement process directly in this policy. GitHub always allows each and every user to tempt their own decisions, as it restricts access to content or account of the users.
  • We’ve suggested a means by which parties may resolve disputes prior to escalating and reporting abuse to GitHub. The main motive of these updates is to encourage each and every member of the community to solve the conflicts directly with project maintainers.

All these changes were made with the goal to allow, welcome, and encourage dual-use security research and collaboration on GitHub. 

Not only this, but GitHub also pronounced that to keep improving its policies from time to time it will keep supporting the community feedback regarding its policies.

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Posted by Charlie