releasing information about security issues to the general public or a selected group.

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I anonymously submitted a security vulnerability, but it was not resolved. What now?

This is more or less a continuation of my previous question: As a student, how do I safely and responsibly disclose a serious security issue in a school environment? More than four months on after I ...
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Found a security vulnerability on gov related site

So I'm unsure how to go about dealing with what I found. It's a really simple security hole, but opens lots of personal data if exploited. I was on a government utility (being vague intentionally) ...
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How should I tell school that they are vulnerable when I wasn't given permission to check? [duplicate]

I would like to report security weaknesses to my school in UK. I had managed to find security weaknesses without any exploits or other software or hardware. I had look at similar question however ...
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Open Source vs Closed Source Systems

My understanding is that open source systems are commonly believed to be more secure than closed source systems. Reasons for taking either approach, or combination of them, include: cultural norms, ...
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Would generic exception messasges be considered a security risk?

For example, if visiting a webpage you get the response: Error in exception handler. This has a high chance the website is using Laravel. Would this class as information disclosure? I'm guessing ...
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Why submit a website to plaintext offenders?

I've read this question and to quote from the accepted answer Besides that, by submitting the site to plaintext offenders, you will provide a third-party point of view, which might help your ...
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How to widely advertise a fixed important threat in widely used open source software?

6 months ago, I found a buffer overflow in git which has the same impact as this vulnerability (with the execption that it allow server side code execution). It got several cve assigned to it and was ...
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I'm a White Hat and I develop my own viruses. Should I report it when almost all scanners say the executable is safe?

I develop my own viruses for 'scientific' purposes, namely to see if they pass the test of Virustotal.com. They all do, except for one or two scanners. Is this considered something you should report ...
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Where to report malicious URLs, phishing, and malicious web sites?

I recently discovered that my web site was hacked: there was a hidden HTML div that's about selling shoes...! I googled the text in question and voila: thousands of sites have been hacked. Check this ...
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PGP-encrypted Email or SSL/TLS Webform for Responsible Disclosure Communication?

So it's a fairly simple question. When offering an avenue to security researchers for communication with us regarding disclosure of security vulnerabilities, what's the best way to do so? Assume we ...
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How should we announce vulnerabilities in our application?

I have asked about security release notes Considerations for security release notes I need additional clarification about security vulnerabilities announcement. We create major release of our product ...
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Found security vulnerbility, what should I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to disclose a security vulnerability in an ethical fashion? Reporting vulnerable sites I've found a security vulnerability which gives me the ability transfer ...
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References to issues of putting backdors into opensource (like OpenBSD) by FBI or CIA [closed]

There are articles on the Internet (e.g. this) that claim that the FBI/CIA injected security backdoors into OpenBSD. I'd like to know if there are any other references to this issue. This would help ...
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How to deal with found security issues on third party websites?

Some time ago I discovered a security flaw regarding the password policy of my cellphone provider which basically makes the website, which includes access to personal information and invoices, ...
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Is lack of wildcard DNS entry a security vulnerability?

A friend of a friend received an email from a security researcher that looks legit. Researcher submitted several vulnerabilities, one of the them reads like this Vulnerability # ... Title : ...
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Approach business(es) with security vulnerabilities

As a security researcher, I have become familiar with different related tools and software packages. The other day, I opened up one of those software packages and was attempting to attack a personal ...
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As a student, how do I safely and responsibly disclose a serious security issue in a school environment?

I am a student at my local school. About eight months ago, I stumbled upon a security hole that could allow any user to discover any student's ID in the entire district, and I am aware that the IT ...
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What to do after you get a CVE?

I recently reported a security vulnerability and it was patched. The patch (and associated issue) are both out in the open in a Github repo (aka public). I contacted cve-assign@mitre.org to get a CVE ...
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How do I report a security vulnerability about a trusted certificate authority? [duplicate]

I stumbled across a huge security vulnerability in a Certificate Authority that is trusted by all modern browsers and computers. Specifically, I am able to get a valid signed certificate for a domain ...
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Where should a Vulnerability Disclosure Policy be published?

In 2014, the New Zealand Internet Task Force released a set of guidelines for Vulnerability Disclosure: http://www.nzitf.org.nz/pdf/NZITF_Disclosure_Guidelines_2014.pdf Part of the recommendations ...
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What is an n-day security attack?

There are several attacks types in computer security. For instance, zero-day attacks consist of attacks that use undisclosed exploits. In contrast, what is an n-day attack? Is it a security concern?
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Reporting vulnerable sites

Take this scenario: You browse the web and find a website that is vulnerable to SQL Injection. Being a good guy/gal you report the vulnerability to the site owner (if you are able to find contact ...
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What to do if I accidentally DoS a site? [closed]

A few weeks ago I was non-maliciously using a website with server-side calculations when curiosity got the better of me and I decided to mess with some GET request values. I expected the site to give ...
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Disclosure and HTTP status codes

Disclaimer: yes, I have checked the Which HTTP status codes are interesting from a security point of view? which sounds relevant but not entirely. These days it's supposed to be a good practice to ...
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Should you notify software vendors that their software has been cracked?

Apologies if this is not the right place to ask this question, I will happily move it to another Stack Exchange site if need be. Before I explain the rationale behind the question, let me clear up a ...
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What are common/official methods of reporting spam/phishing/nasty-grams to organizations?

A user of mine just received a phishing email claiming to be the IRS. What methods of reporting are available, and what should be included?
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My college hosts a critically vulnerable service. I warned them 4 years ago. What should I do? [duplicate]

Four years ago, I discovered that an applet on my college's website sends SQL queries directly to a server application. The databases contain nominal and personal information about students and ...
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How to report vulnerabilities without being regarded as a hacker?

I just discovered that my university alumni's login page is just plain HTTP. Wireshark confirmed that the credentials are sent using an HTTP POST message. I did a bit of research and, as I thought, ...
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I found that the company I work for is putting a backdoor into mobile phones

I have found out recently that the remote assistant software that we put in a smartphone we sell can be activated by us without user approval. We are not using this option, and it is probably there ...
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Tools to make a security researchers life easier - tracking vulnerability research [closed]

I've been a developer for quite some time, and as part of my on-going learning process I've learnt how to spot and remedy broken (and insecure) code written by others. Recently, I've found myself ...
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Is BSI’s process good? (Informing email address owners that their address/password (of unknown/different accounts) was stolen)

The German BSI (Federal Office for Information Security) claims to have got a list of 18 million email addresses and passwords – supposed to be the result of identity theft. They allow to check if ...
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Challenges of setting up responsible disclosure for my course

Does anyone have experience in setting up a responsible disclosure procedure for a company? I'm interested in taking up a university assignment involving this. I have read up on my governments ...
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Physical security - responsible disclosure

I recently discovered a way to bypass a commonly used security seal system, requiring no special equipment and taking only a matter of seconds. I feel obliged to disclose this, so as to avoid the ...
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What to do if a vendor does not assign a CVE for an acknowledge vulnerability?

We found a security vulnerability in a widespread product of big IT company (the company is listed as a CNA here: http://cve.mitre.org/cve/cna.html#participating_cnas). We notified the company, they ...
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Getting an employer to secure their website immediately

I'm employed as a consultant at a big tech consultancy. I recently noticed a major flaw in their website, they send my login credentials in plain text over HTTP. I verified this by doing a outbound ...
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PGP on hibernation files?

I was afraid reading this: This $299 tool is reportedly capable of decrypting BitLocker, PGP, and TrueCrypt disks in real-time. It seems to me that PGP and other sensible tools have to lock memory to ...
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Are there any mail services that don't store encryption keys?

According to this article => http://www.howtogeek.com/166507/why-most-web-services-dont-use-end-to-end-encryption/ Gmail doesn't store the encryption key. But Gmail reads whole of users' email for ...
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Best practice for informing a website they've been compromised?

I've received a spam email that claims to be invoicing me for some service in New Jersey, USA with whom I've not had any dealings. The email includes a link to a zip file that is hosted on a greek ...
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How to prevent email discovery in forms?

Being on the company security email list, I get emails with some regularity complaining about email discovery on various forms on my employers website. The reporters are complaining about things like ...
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Considerations for security release notes

I need help with understanding how to manage security release notes for our product. We create major release of our product about each half years and security or maintenance releases each month. What ...
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Inform someone about a hacked account [closed]

I'm not a hacker but recently I was able to get someone's email password. I want to teach him a lesson to be careful when using internet and to pay attention to his passwords but I have some problems: ...
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Advice of responsible disclosure

Some time ago, I hacked into my school's internet integrated system, and I had the entire database(users, passwords, photos and whatsoever) and source code of it. At some point, I disclosed the ...
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Ethics question, post-publication of 'DIY hack' that implies security hack

I've read this post at length, but I believe this question is subtly different. Consider this scenario: a municipal, non-profit organization has a website with authentication (username, password). ...
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How much detail to publicise when a software vendor patches and issues an advisory? [closed]

I am interested to hear what the community's thoughts are on detail provided by a software vendor along with a fix and a security advisory. For example, let's say that some kind of severe ...
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How to encourage responsible disclosure (and react appropriately otherwise)

As a conscientious programmer, I put security as one of the core requirements of every product I develop. To prevent flaws from being introduced, I promote a culture of awareness (e.g. make sure that ...
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Is it legal to find bugs on a website and report them to the website's owner? [closed]

I'm from Canada, and I'd like to know one thing. I know a bug on one website. I'm not sure if it's legal here to search for bugs on a website and NOT use them; instead, tell its company about it.
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Responsible Disclosures and Getting Sued

Lots of websites like Google, Facebook etc acknowledge the white hat hackers on their sites for reporting security vulnerability. But for the vulnerability reporter is it safe from legal perspective ? ...
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Which companies facilitate payment in return for vulnerability disclosure?

If requesting payment from an affected party directly for the disclosure of vulnerabilities is considered extortion, how can independent security researchers earn a living or side income from ...
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Progress in market approaches to software vulnerability disclosure?

In A Comparison of Market Approaches to Software Vulnerability Disclosure (2006), Rainer Böhme describes the profound role of economic "market failure" in the industry dynamics that hinder software ...