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The Time Line of an Application Vulnerability Advisory

Time Line of an Application Vulnerability Advisory

Technology has a crucial role to play in security. With the right features and the right platform, software and hardware can smooth the path to uncovering and mitigating threats.

But even the most advanced technology depends on intelligence. It’s how informed you are about the latest threats that will determine how secure your network really is.

That’s particularly true of application vulnerabilities. They’re risks that are embedded in your most trusted software. And they’re incredibly easy to miss.

So intelligence is everything. And Flexera provides customers with world-leading threat intelligence whenever a new vulnerability is suspected. Here’s how.

1. Sources indicate a potential vulnerability

Flexera’s dedicated threat research team is always watching for signs of a potential vulnerability. Alerts come from various sources, including public repositories, industry experts, and hands-on testing of major applications whenever new updates are released.

What’s more, Flexera’s established position as an authority in third-party application vulnerabilities means that whenever vulnerabilities are suspected, they are often reported directly to Flexera’s team.

2. Assessing an application vulnerability

The Secunia threat research team takes an unbiased and balanced approach to vulnerabilities that are reported, but fundamentally begins from a position of suspicion. Until vulnerabilities are assessed, every report is treated is accurate and urgent.

Then, the report and the application itself are examined by Flexera’s experienced team – leading security specialists who have been involved in uncovering major vulnerabilities in some of the world’s most popular applications.

Based on this assessment, the vulnerability is either verified or rejected.

3. A threat advisory is written

Once a vulnerability is verified, a detailed advisory is written. This is the summary of the issue, and the key way in which Flexera passes its accurate threat intelligence out to administrators and customers.

Every advisory issued by Flexera includes a detailed description, which contains information on:

  • Attack vectors: from where attackers could exploit the vulnerability
  • Impact: the implications of a successful exploit, which may include system access, privilege escalation, or exposure of sensitive information
  • Criticality rating: a score that indicates the perceived scale of the threat, in comparison to other vulnerabilities. In essence, how serious a problem this is and how dangerous it is to leave the vulnerability unmitigated
  • Mitigation methods: how administrators can mitigate their risk and close the potential threat vector. The majority of vulnerabilities have a patch available on the day of disclosure, while vendor workarounds may be included as temporary alternatives

This becomes a single source of complete threat intelligence.

4. Quality assurance across several levels

Flexera’s reputation is built on the best application vulnerability intelligence. What makes Flexera different is its verified vulnerability intelligence – something you can depend on. This intelligence is then subjected to multi-layered quality assurance that every advisory must pass through before it is published.

Flexera checks that advisories provide accurate, reliable, actionable intelligence. That every advisory is consistently presented, regardless of the vendor and application involved. And that every advisory is easy to understand, regardless of technical experience or existing insight.

It’s through that consistency that Flexera provides such a high standard of intelligence. Verified vulnerability intelligence, delivered in a timely fashion, with practical information presented clearly.

So you get most advanced insight, made more accessible. And, as a result, more actionable.

Leading vulnerability intelligence from Flexera