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Amid the landscape of security vendors issuing daily reports on viruses attacking users' systems and offering products and services to counteract the attacks, the government has stepped into the game with its own advisory system - minus any sales pitch.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has unveiled its mega-database, otherwise known as the National Vulnerability Database. The NVD will issue daily updates of viruses that are wrecking havoc on popular software products and post notices on security trends.

The database was created as a means to warn users about security threats both big and small, according to a report in SecurityFocus.

"The mission is for every person in the United States to have information on all the vulnerabilities on their computer systems," Peter Mell, an NIST senior computer scientist and NVD creator, told SecurityFocus.

And it's commercial free....