Month: December 2005

  • The Oldest Vulnerability Contest

    [This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] What is the oldest documented vulnerability? As far as OSVDB is aware, it’s a tie between UNIX-V6 su File Descriptor Exhaustion Local Privilege Escalation and Sendmail Unspecified Multiple Security Issues (yes, we’d love to know the details of the Sendmail issues back then!). These were documented on […]

  • A Word on Solutions (Edit Source Code)

    [This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] Often times you will see a VDB or researcher disclosure offer the solution “Edit the source code to ensure that input is properly sanitised.” I’ve never been fond of this for several reasons. First and probably the most obvious, duh? If I proclaim “send food to the […]


    [This was originally posted to the OSVDB blog.] Yichen Xie and other Stanford researchers posted to bugtraq announcing “99 potential security vulnerabilities”, all SQL injections. Five issues/comments/questions come to mind: 1. This sounds impressive, but even by OSVDB’s level of abstraction (significantly higher than other VDBs), this is far from 99 vulnerabilities. Looking at the […]

  • OSVDB is Closing

    [This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] OK, OSVDB is not really closing. But based on my experience with running and participating in projects and sites, the second you announce a valuable resource is going away, people come out of the woodwork to volunteer or support the project to keep it going. When the […]

  • Unresponsive Vendors (and a Bit of Irony)

    [This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] Late yesterday, Jaime Blasco posted to Bugtraq looking for a security contact at 3com to further attempt to disclose a vulnerability in one of their products responsibly. Such posts are not uncommon these days, and one of the driving forces behind the OSVDB Vendor Dictionary. For vendors […]

  • Selling Vulnerabilities: Going Once…

    [This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] A couple days ago, “fearwall” created an eBay listing for a “Brand new Microsoft Excel Vulnerability”. I have mirrored a screenshot in case the listing is removed, which I expect it to be. One has to wonder if companies like iDefense or Tipping Point will bid, since […]

  • Symantec Bites the Hand That Feeds…

    [This was originally published on the OSVDB blog.] Just over ten years ago (95-09-15) *Hobbit* wrote a little tool called netcat (aka nc), swiftly dubbed the “TCP/IP Swiss Army knife”. *Hobbit* was affiliated with the l0pht, which was later purchased by @stake, which was later purchased by Symantec. At some point (circa 1998), Weld Pond […]