[WEB SECURITY] What's the differences between weakness and vulnerability?

Prasad Shenoy prasad.shenoy at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 13:37:25 EST 2011


A weakness can give way to many vulnerabilities.

For more complicated answers, see other people's responses :p


[ ~ Prasad |  @prasadshenoy  ~]



On Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 3:35 AM, matthew chao <mathewchao at gmail.com> wrote:

> WASC's definition of "weakness": "The underlying vulnerability within
> the application that is exploited." It seem weakness is equal to
> vulnerability, and WASC's Glossary
> (http://projects.webappsec.org/w/page/13246967/The%20Web%20Security%20
> Glossary) doesn't include the terms.
>
> However, according to "http://cwe.mitre.org/about/faq.html#A.1",
> "Software  weaknesses are errors that can lead to software
> vulnerabilities. A software  vulnerability is a mistake in software
> that can be  directly used by a hacker to gain access to a system or
> network.", so they are different concepts.
>
>
> The situation is confused. so what's the differences between weakness
> and vulnerability? thanks!
>
> -Matt
>
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