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Open Source Vulnerability Database Online

by Donna Buenaventura / April 1, 2004 4:40 AM PST

The Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB), provided by the Open Security Foundation (OSF), is now online and available to the public. OSVDB is an archive of known vulnerabilities and includes vulnerability data pertaining to all platforms. The project was proposed by members of the security community as a means of providing a comprehensive open database that can be used by anyone, including vendors who want to integrate the database into their products. The database is currently supported in Nikto (a Web server security scanner), Snort (an intrusion detection and prevention system), and Nessus (a vulnerability scanner) security products.

The database schema includes an ID number assigned by OSVDB, date when the vulnerability was disclosed, product name, description, vulnerability classifications, the application solutions to the problems, external references for more information (including Bugtraq ID, Arachnids ID, CERT ID, Nessus Script ID, Snort signature ID, and much more) as well as the name of the entity who disclosed the vulnerability.

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