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GLOSSARY

Vulnerability Report

Vulnerability reports are a way for users of an IT system, resource or service to share information on weakness or security issues with the administrators of that system.
A vulnerability report is a written record of a security issue or systemic flaws in an IT system, network architecture, application or resource. Vulnerability reports can be a comprehensive set of findings resulting from an overall security assessment, or a specific notice on a particular weak point susceptible to exploit. For instance, many tech companies, security providers and cloud services companies have dedicated web pages where users can report such issues. Major tech brands such as Apple, Google, AWS and many others welcome users to engage in security assessments or penetration testing, with some offering “bug bounties” to individuals who submit vulnerability reports that are deemed serious enough to require remediation. Likewise, security services vendors like Bugcrowd provide customized vulnerability report forms on their websites where researchers or “white hat” hackers can detail vulnerabilities, with fields for description of the issue, target resource and technical severity, with the ability to attach screenshots or code snippets.

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