Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)

What is CVE and what does it stand for?

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What is CVE?

Launched by MITRE in 1999, CVE stands for “Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.” It is a system used by organizations and researchers to track and discuss publicly known vulnerabilities in various software and hardware products.

What is a CVE?

While this question may seem confusing, “a CVE” refers to the unique identifier that is given to a certain vulnerability contained within the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.

CVE identifiers tend to follow the same structure, thus making it easy to identify:

CVE-[Year vulnerability is disclosed]-[Unique number reference]

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