CHAPTER 7 Conducting Vulnerability Scanning

A vulnerability is a weakness or lack of protection present within a host, system, or environment. The presence of a vulnerability represents a potential spot for exploitation or targeting by a threat. Locating and identifying vulnerabilities in a system represents one important component of protecting a system—but not the only one.

How do you find all the vulnerabilities that exist in an environment, especially with the ever-increasing complexity of technologies? Many techniques can help you; some of them are manual or scripted in nature (many of which we have already discussed), and some are automated tools such as vulnerability scanners.

Vulnerability scanners are designed to identify problems ...

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