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Dozens of zero-day flaws exist for exploit daily, report says
On any given day cybercriminals and nation states are in possession of as many as 100 zero-day software exploits known only to them, NSS Labs has calculated using the commercial vulnerability market as a baseline.
NSS Labs research director Dr. Stefan Frei reached this startling conclusion after studying at up to ten years’ worth of software vulnerability data from the two firms that pioneered the market for purchasing flaws from researchers, iDefense (which started its program in 2002) and TippingPoint (which started in 2005 and is now owned by Hewlett-Packard).
NSS found that iDefense’s Vulnerability Contributor Program (VCP) and HP TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) have from birth to late September 2013 published a total of 2392 vulnerabilities with an average time from purchase to public disclosure of 133 days for the VCP and 174 days for the ZDI.
In Frei’s view, this confirms the conventional wisdom that serious zero-day flaws are remaining private and potentially exploitable in attacks for long periods of time; if legitimate vendors take an average of 153 days or five months to make flaws public, cybercriminals are surely able to keep them secret for even longer.
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