Common Vulnerability Scoring System

By on February 21, 2005

A consortium of software and security companies has come up with the first unified language for rating the vulnerabilities that plague computer operating systems, opening them to attack from viruses and hackers. The system will provide system administrators with the first quick way to prioritise the dozens of software patches they receive each week, say its creators.

The Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) was designed by engineers from more than seven companies, including Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Symantec and Qualys, as part of their role on the US National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a branch of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Via New Scientist.

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