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Thread: Open-source flaw database launched

  1. #1
    AO French Antique News Whore
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    Aug 2001

    Open-source flaw database launched

    The Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB) has launched a free Web site that catalogues security flaws in Internet-related software.

    The database will, say its creators, promote more open collaboration between companies and individuals "and reduce expenses inherent with the development and maintenance of in-house vulnerability databases".

    There are various specialist mailing lists that inform administrators and developers about newly discovered security vulnerabilities, but the OSVDB, which was launched in 2002, claims to be the first site to aggregate all this content onto a single searchable resource and make it freely available on the Web.

    An OSVDB spokesperson said in a statement that the number of computer security vulnerabilities have increased more than 2,000 percent since 1995: "Tracking these vulnerabilities and their cures is critical for those who protect networked systems against accidental misuse and deliberate attack, from home users and small businesses to globe-spanning enterprises," he said.

    Richard Starnes, director of incident response at Cable & Wireless, welcomed the resource because of the help it could offer to administrators keep track of an increasing number of online threats: "Administrators have to cover more than a dozen Web sites and mailing lists and it is getting to the point where even medium sized companies are having to look at hiring an intelligence officer to keep track of the latest vulnerabilities," he said.

    In the same year that the OSVDB was created, antivirus company Symantec acquired SecurityFocus, which publishes the BugTraq mailing list that provides a similar service to its subscribers and opens the information to all Web users after a few days.
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    Edit : Site seen down right now?
    -Simon \"SDK\"

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    Junior Member
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    Mar 2004
    19 site is down but it is alive **

    Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:

    Reply from bytes=32 time=308ms TTL=50
    Reply from bytes=32 time=303ms TTL=50
    Reply from bytes=32 time=355ms TTL=50
    Reply from bytes=32 time=374ms TTL=50

    Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 303ms, Maximum = 374ms, Average = 335ms

    i'm not sure why this is on *nix thread though.


    ** sometimes their site shows up, sometimes it does not. i'll take a screenshot when i opened them again successfully.

  3. #3
    Junior Member
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    Mar 2004
    it loaded after about 15 mins .. not good.

    personally, i think they're just some publicity thingy.

    here's a screenshot.

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