Abreviation for National Institute of Standards and Technology. A USA government institution which publishes standards, most notably the FIPS 140-2 standard for cryptographic modules.

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What is the exactly mean of these CPE file fields?

I am working in the development of an application that have to download and parse this CPE file definition: http://static.nvd.nist.gov/feeds/xml/cpe/dictionary/official-cpe-dictionary_v2.3.xml My ...
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What does the field vuln-security-protection stand-for in the NVD cve lists 2.0?

In the different NVD files which enumerates the CVE, which can be found here There is from time to time the field <vuln:security-protection> , containing often the value ALLOWS_OTHER_ACCESS or ...