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A Vulnerable SystemThe History of Information Security in the Computer Age$
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Andrew J. Stewart

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501758942

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501758942.001.0001

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Vulnerability Disclosure, Bounties, and Markets

Vulnerability Disclosure, Bounties, and Markets

(p.127) Chapter 7 Vulnerability Disclosure, Bounties, and Markets
A Vulnerable System

Andrew J. Stewart

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the obsession with technical security vulnerabilities at the beginning of the twenty-first century. A vulnerability that is not common knowledge and for which no patch has yet been released is referred to as a zero-day vulnerability. The term zero-day refers to the fact that there have been zero-days' advance warning, meaning no days, regarding the risk that the security vulnerability represents. Security technologies such as intrusion detection systems and antivirus software normally try to detect known patterns of attack and so typically would be unlikely to detect the use of a zero-day vulnerability. The chapter then looks at stunt hacking, which was portrayed as a way to draw attention to dangerous vulnerabilities. What went unsaid was that stunt hacking was a means by which hackers and commercial security companies could promote themselves and their technical skill sets.

Keywords:   technical security vulnerabilities, zero-day vulnerability, security technologies, intrusion detection systems, antivirus software, stunt hacking, computer hackers, commercial security companies

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