What Are Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)?

What Are Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)?

 By Charles Joseph | Cybersecurity Advocate
 Last update: November 25, 2023

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) is a list of publicly disclosed computer security flaws, which is run by MITRE, an American non-profit organization focusing on cybersecurity research.

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CVEs provide a standard for identifying common vulnerabilities, which helps cyber security professionals identify dangerous threats, evaluate the severity of those assets, prioritize remediation efforts, and track resolutions with other government organizations such as NIST and DHS.

The CVE list contains detailed information about specific software flaws, such as the type of vulnerability (e.g., buffer overflows, SQL injection), affected versions/products/operating systems, and any publicly available exploit code associated with the vulnerability in order to assess risk more accurately than before.

"Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people."
-- Bruce Schneier, a renown computer security professional