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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:45

No standards for vulnerability database, but 'US has set norms'


There are no universal standards for a vulnerability database but the US national vulnerability database was the first to be set up and has set the norms for others, a researcher at the threat intelligence firm Recorded Future says.

Priscilla Moriuchi, a former NSA employee, was responding to queries from iTWire about a research brief that painted Russia's national vulnerability database as "incomplete, slow, and likely intended to support the control of the Russian state over technology companies and users".

Moriuchi said the fact that the US was first, did not mean that every nation needed to follow its standards and norms.

"However, vulnerability disclosure is inherently a transparency process, intended to promote global Internet security and when nations use their vulnerability disclosure processes to support intelligence operations, that global Internet trust and security is undermined," she added.

The Recorded Future brief also pointed out that Russia's vulnerability database "publishes only 10% of known vulnerabilities, is on average 83 days slower than China’s national vulnerability database, 50 days slower than the US NVD, and incomplete in the few technologies it does cover".

When it was pointed out to Moriuchi that Russian infosec workers could obtain details about a vulnerability from databases other than that run by their own country, she said the point sought to be made was that the Russian effort was a poor resource.

"Our goal in examining various countries' vulnerability databases is simply to compare and contrast their performance and utility," she said.

"Citizens of Russia certainly can browse to another nation's vulnerability database. Our point is simply that in terms of performance and utility, Russia's vulnerability database is a poor resource for citizens and network defenders."

Moriuchi and fellow researcher Dr Bill Ladd had also said in their study that the Russian database excluded vulnerabilities about content management systems.

When iTWire suggested that perhaps this was because these systems were not important to Russia, Moriuchi replied: "Each nation chooses which vulnerabilities to publish and how to publish them."

Recorded Future has, in the past, also done a study of China's national vulnerability database and found that the authorities there have altered dates to try and make it appear that serious vulnerabilities were published ahead of the US national database.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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