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Questions tagged [disclosure]

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

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Is it bad practice to remove a resolved report from Open Bug Bounty archive?

An XSS vulnerability report was made via Open Bug Bounty, which was fixed, confirmed and a reward was made. The reporter has marked the issue was resolved. They have further offered to remove the ...
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How to disclose school vulnerability as student [duplicate]

Let’s just say I’m in high school. If I were to of found a way to access all of the schools finals, mid terms, home work assignments, school ids (tied to names), passwords, grades of finals for every ...
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Reporting vulnerability to New York Times

I have successfully discovered a vulnerability in the New York Times website. Is there any known way I can report this? I have not attacked it. But I found a bypass. What should I do?
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How to properly disclose a security vulnerability anonymously?

Let's say I found a login-bypass/root-backdoor in a software my company uses that gives you root privileges within that software by simply entering a keyboard combination. I've reported this within ...
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Avoiding the race condition between time of release and time of update

There is a kind of race condition between the time when a developer releases a security update and the time when the security update is actually applied by the user. In the meantime, an attacker will ...
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How to proceed with a white-hat hacker claiming a vulnerability?

I am a security member of a small company which recently got contacted by someone claiming to be a Hackenproof member. They were reporting on our website being indexed by googlebot (metadata, thin ...
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Id token contains sensitive information sent by the GET method

I've found that my website is using id_token and it contains user's information. One of that is my phone number which I think it could be a sensitive information. Because, if the attackers are able to ...
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How to deal with responsible disclosure “catch and kill”

My coworkers and I discovered a significant security issue in a popular cybersecurity tool, which shall go unnamed here for reasons that will become obvious. We reported the issue to the tool's ...
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What to do about vulnerability in a SaaS product I buy?

I work for a university, where I am part of the team responsible for integrating a SaaS Learning Management System (eg: Moodle, Canvas) with the rest of the university's systems. Two months ago, I ...
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My old job has massive security exploits in their product, but they dont care [duplicate]

A company I used to work for developed a Point Of Sale system that also has an eCommerce portion. While working there, I discovered massive flaws with their security model. Simply put, there is 0 ...
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How long to wait before publishing a web vulnerability?

I recently learned about wpscan and the WordPress security, so I decided to try it with a blog from my company. As a result I got several serious vulnerabilities that must be fixed. I notified several ...
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Where can I report a program to be reviewed for security vulnerabilities and privacy issues?

After looking for software to store information, I found a program that caught my attention instantly. I purchased a license but after a while, I realized that the program had a big vulnerability. On ...
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How should we implement responsible discovery program internally only for our organization employees?

We experienced a very interesting phenomenon in the last 6 months and that is that some employees found and reported to our security teams few very crucial security issues. We were thinking about ...
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What are good, safe, not necessarily anonymous ways to disclose vulnerabilities?

Let's assume you stumble across a vulnerability in some online system, which is a commercial product by a small US company (1 to 50 employees according to Glassdoor). That online system shall be ...
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Authy reviewed? [closed]

Authy looks like a great solution - especially for laymen, in order to simplify complexities - but I have some nagging concerns re privacy & security, especially when sensitive data is hosted "on ...
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What is the risk of private IP address disclosure if it is the user IP?

I am checking a web application with OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP). There is a vulnerability (low) that says "private IP address disclosure" and when I check for more details I found that it is my IP,...
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How should security patches be managed in public versioning systems (like Github, etc.)?

There's a thing I don't understand. I found a project on Github. Looking at the list of commits, you can see stuff like "fixed XSS in file whatever, etc". But that commit is part of a long list of ...
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Security issue found in login system no resolved. Next Step?

Approximately 8 months ago I found and reported a serious security issue surrounding a website I use. This website holds confidential and protected personally identifiable information. I called the ...
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How to be taken seriously when doing responsible disclosure?

Last week while reading an article on a website the URL ending in .php?id=1 it just asked to be tested for SQLi. When I confirmed that it was vulnerable I also found out that there was no user input ...
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Categorizing a data leak which is intentionally / by carelessness / by design

I have found a publicly accessible web page which discloses person-related data when queried with matching input data. This is against the company's own data protection promise. I want to report ...
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How to report a vulnerability in a site that wants to call the FBI?

I was browsing a site recently that looked like it had been designed in 2000. However, this site has a good Alexa rank and a fairly active online community. For the protection of the site, I will not ...
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How to responsibly disclose a vulnerability in a widespread algorithm?

Just to be clear, this is purely hypothetical. Yesterday I got hit in the head with some bricks and, in the haze of concussions, discovered a perfect preimage attack on SHA2. For any given hash, I ...
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Multiple Passwords Appear to Log Into Single Account on Major Website

I have a single account for a very popular website. I noticed that certain variations of my set password will successfully log me in. I have tested the variations on 3 separate browsers and all have ...
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How to report a security vulnerability involving multiple unrelated companies?

While participating in a bug bounty program, I stumbled upon an issue which led to a security vulnerability when exploited with other issues on unrelated products. All those issues aren't security ...
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Severity and priority rank of Insecure Direct Object Reference bug

Recently, I found bug in an e-commerce web app and I will report it. The bug I found can: delete and edit the favorite products list for all users delete all notifications for all users What ...
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Why were Meltdown and Spectre disclosed at the same time?

Both the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed on January 3, 2018. (6 days ahead of the originally planned January 9). Since their public reveal, there has been some confusion ...
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Why and where was Meltdown made public before schedule for the first time?

Originally, Meltdown and Spectre had a coordinated disclosure date of January 9, 2018. Some vendors were preparing to release fixes at that time, and were caught by surprise when the vulnaribilities ...
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Is there a documented process for official information release for embargoed vulnerabilities in the CVE system?

Is there a documented process for official information release for embargoed vulnerabilities in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) system? If such a process exists, how does it address ...
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Is demanding a “donation” before disclosing vulnerabilities black hat behavior? [closed]

We have been contacted by an "independent security researcher" through the Open Bug Bounty project. First communications were quite OK, and he disclosed the vulnerability found. We patched the hole ...
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What would be the responsible way of disclosing this “exploit”? [duplicate]

I was reverse engineering our school's commercial grading system backend with chrome dev tools observing the GET requests. My intent was to code a nice app, just for me to learn more about this etc. ...
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How do I escalate a security concern of a library when the author doesn't seem to care

There's an open source library that is horribly insecure. The author acknowledges it's insecure. The library's headline says "This is an implementation for platform X of Library Y". Library Y is ...
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Should I follow up on vulnerabilities that were disclosed over a year ago but have not been fixed?

Background: A few years ago, I asked this question about disclosing somewhat serious vulnerabilities found in my high school's computer network. More than two years later, the principal was made ...
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Where to find the latest news in web application security? [closed]

Looking around for recommendations on informative and valuable websites, blogs and/or people to follow to stay up to date on web application security, generally new vulnerabilities disclosures. ...
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Reporting leaked passwords in github repository

I have just found a handful of repositories on github that contain database passwords. I want to let the concerned parties know about this so that they can change their passwords and remove the ...
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Twitter allows the password to be resolved from a stolen cookie. Is that a problem? [closed]

I recently discovered and reported a security vulnerability to Twitter: Despite my belief that the report it indeed valid, they replied to me with the following response: As far as I can tell, this ...
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How do you tell a website they have expired security certificates?

I often go to more obscure pages on NASA websites, and I have gotten used to running into an expired security certificate now and then. Over the last week, it started coming up a lot more, to the ...
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Contacting customers of vulnerable software, is it wrong?

Say you're a security researcher who finds vulnerabilities and reports them to vendors to try and receive a bug bounty. If the vendor is not willing to pay any bounty for any vulnerability, you simply ...
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Responsible disclosure: company is dedicated to security but doesn't answer

Context: recently I found a vulnerability in a webapp for a big company. They have a full policy on responsible disclosure which I followed to avoid legal issues. The company commits itself to ...
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What can/should I do about gross lack of IT security at another company?

I used to login into a certain website a couple of years ago. Recently I've got an email suggesting that I should renew my membership, and that email included my old password. That's right, my old ...
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How to proceed if the admin and the responsible CERT do not resolve the issue?

About six months ago, while trying new google dorks, I stumbled upon an open folder containing personal files. To my surprise, google had led me straight to the misconfigured folder of an employee ...
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How to disclose a weak username/password? [duplicate]

I was collecting sites that use a system we're going live with. Just URLs and nothing more, so we can see what others have done with the same system to give us ideas. Since I know how the system ...
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How to legally blog about Windows internals

In the field of malware analysis and reverse engineering, many job postings call for familiarity with the PE file format, Windows internals, etc. However, Microsoft presumably doesn't want people ...
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Should I contact the manufacturer if their product allows access to other users' location information?

I recently purchased a satellite communicator that allows me to send a map of my location to friends and family while I'm hiking in the wilderness. While testing out my product, I noticed that the ...
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how are flaws in google chrome usually patched and disclosed

When there is a vulnerability like Flash's in any piece of software such as Chrome, is it disclosed immediately to the general public, or is it kept a secret until it is patched? If the former, are ...
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What are the pros and cons of disclosing a vulnerability before it is patched?

I had heard a lot about Google's project zero and it's 90 day deadline for vulnerability disclosure. It has taken some flak from Microsoft for disclosing the bugs before they were patched. I ...
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Services disclosing private data to a third country

Can I be sure that providers such as google, aws, DO, hetzner, rackspace, etc. won't disclose my private data to a third country like Russia (which resident I am). I started a dialog with AWS support ...
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Site exposes user's GPS location through EXIF data

Recently while lurking around one of the social networking sites popular with local folks, I have found out that the site does not scrub out the GPS data from uploaded pictures. I've contacted them ...
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Login Name and Password in URL

I've recently encountered a webapp, which has it's url in the following format: http://www.[WEBAPP].com/INetService/Show.aspx?Username=[EMAIL]&EncryptedPassword=[Some String of 32 characters ...
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If multiple people report a security vulnerability which is not fixed, should everybody get the credit or only the first person? [closed]

I reported a vulnerability to an organization X and they claim that they already know about it and are working towards a fix? I am wondering if multiple people report the same vulnerability to an ...
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Publishing an exploit after vendor contact and patching [duplicate]

I recently discovered several serious security holes in a vendors product. I worked with them and they just released a patch. I understand this is a very competitive field so I would like to publish ...