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CVE Track by CSEC: Understanding Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures

Updated: Sep 5, 2023


CSEC has a main goal of improving the cyber security posture and cyber security resilience of its constituents. It accomplishes so with an array of services aimed toward assisting constituents to prepare for cyber security threats and help them respond to cyber security incidents.


CVE Track was developed with the need to structure all the possible vulnerabilities in one place, providing information about affected points, severity level, and impact on the system. Our CVE Track contains CVE ID, Common Vulnerability Scoring System - CVSS, and CVSS3.1,


The users can find and inform themselves about vulnerabilities as follows:

  • Searching CVEs based on ID

  • Search CWE by its ID

  • Search CAPEC based on ID

  • Search based on listed vendors and their products


As an additional benefit, CVE Track comes in two Themes - dark and light, which users can switch anytime; and Table Colouring which lets users choose whether they want the table to be coloured for easier search of CVEs.


Digital landscape continues to expand, and the CVE lists are a foundational element of cybersecurity.


To get to know more about Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) as a crucial point in the landscape of cybersecurity, read the following article!





To achieve a standardised approach to vulnerability tracking, the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) fo system was established.


The concept of the CVE system originated in the late 1990s when the cybersecurity community recognized the need for a centralised database to catalogue and categorise known vulnerabilities, simplifying vulnerability tracking and providing a common reference for communication among different cybersecurity tools and databases.



Introduction

Each CVE entry is structured to provide information about a specific vulnerability, which includes a unique CVE Identifier (CVE-ID). Before an entry is assigned a CVE-ID, verification processes are performed by CVE Numbering Authorities (CNAs), which ensure the vulnerability is valid, impactful, and worthy of inclusion in the CVE list.


The ID acts as an alphanumeric identifier for essential details such as the vulnerability's description, affected products, severity level, and potential impact on systems. For instance, CVE-2023-1234 indicates a vulnerability discovered in the year 2023, and it is the 1234th entry of that year.

CVE entries are referenced by numerous vulnerability scanners, security information and event management (SIEM) systems, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and other cybersecurity solutions. This seamless integration ensures consistent identification and handling of vulnerabilities across diverse technology stacks.



Scoring System

The National Vulnerability Database (NVD) is the primary repository for CVE entries, maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the NVD provides detailed information on vulnerabilities, including severity scores, affected products, and references to patches and mitigations. It serves as an authoritative resource for cybersecurity professionals seeking to understand and address specific vulnerabilities.


The Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is a standardised method for assessing the severity and potential impact of vulnerabilities.

CVE entries in the NVD often include a CVSS score, ranging from 0 to 10, with 10 representing the most critical and severe vulnerabilities. This scoring system assists organisations in prioritising vulnerability remediation efforts based on risk levels.



Advancements of CVE

With its constant evolution and adaptation, the CVE system remains at the forefront of vulnerability tracking, ensuring that organisations worldwide can fortify their defences and protect against emerging cyber risks.


As cybersecurity challenges continue to evolve, the CVE system enhances the precision of vulnerability descriptions, provides more accurate references to patches and fixes, and streamlines the CVE assignment process. Additionally, the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques promises to automate the identification and categorization of vulnerabilities, further improving the efficiency and accuracy of the CVE system.





The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) system has emerged as an indispensable asset in the fight against cyber threats. By providing a standardised and centralised repository of vulnerabilities, the CVE system facilitates collaboration, information sharing, and consistent vulnerability management across the cybersecurity community.




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