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A Bug Hunter's Diary by Tobias Klein

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2.3 Vulnerability Remediation

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Now that I’ve discovered a security vulnerability, I could disclose it in several ways. I could contact the software developer and “responsibly” tell him what I’ve found and help him to create a patch. This process is referred to as responsible disclosure. Since this term implies that other means of disclosure are irresponsible, which isn’t necessarily true, it is slowly being replaced by coordinated disclosure.

On the other hand, I could sell my findings to a vulnerability broker and let him tell the software developer. Today, the two primary players in the commercial vulnerability market are Verisign’s iDefense Labs, with its Vulnerability Contribution Program (VCP), and Tipping Point’s ...

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