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API Vulnerabilities are now tagged with relevant API CVEs

CVE tagging provides a simple, unique identifier (CVE ID) for each vulnerability, making it easy to access and remediate issues as soon as possible. Read the blog to learn more about CVE tagging in Akto.

APIs tagged with CVEs
APIs tagged with CVEs
APIs tagged with CVEs
Raaga Srinivas

Raaga Srinivas

5 mins

Introduction

Imagine you have a computer program, let's call it "SuperApp," that many people use for various tasks. One day, a security researcher discovers a flaw in SuperApp that could potentially allow malicious hackers to gain unauthorized access to users' data.

How can the researcher tag this issue such that other developers understand the exact nature of the vulnerability? The researcher needs a way to communicate and track this vulnerability in a standardized manner.

Problem at Hand

Before CVE, security flaws were often described using various names, making it confusing and difficult to track and address them effectively. Users would struggle because they couldn't easily identify and understand security vulnerabilities in software and hardware. This would lead to delays in applying patches and an increased risk of cyberattacks.

Why CVE Context Matters?

In cybersecurity, the risks of misidentifying a vulnerability can pose extreme consequences to an organization. There existed a need for a common language for discussing and sharing information about security issues.

That’s where CVE comes in handy.

At Akto, we use CVE tagging for every result as it provides a simple, unique identifier (CVE ID) for each vulnerability, making it easy to access and remediate issues as soon as possible.

What is CVE?

What is CVE?

CVE stands for "Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures." It is a system used to uniquely identify and track known security vulnerabilities in software and hardware. Each identifier starts with ‘CVE’, followed by the year (4 digits) it was assigned, and finally a set of unique numbers. Eg. CVE-2023-12345.

This ID allows anyone interested to easily refer to and discuss this specific vulnerability, providing a uniform frame of reference. Here’s how it helps:

  1. Information Sharing: Security professionals can share information about the CVE tagged vulnerability, making it easier for everyone to understand and address the issue.

  2. Prioritization: Organizations can prioritize which vulnerabilities to address first based on their severity, potential impact, and relevance to their systems.

  3. Patching and Updates: Software vendors can develop and release patches or updates to fix the vulnerability, and users can identify whether they need to apply these fixes based on the CVE ID.

  4. Documentation: Security professionals can keep records of known vulnerabilities using CVE IDs, which aids in tracking the security history of software and hardware.

Check out the world's first API only CVE Database

Akto has its own API CVE database that tracks security vulnerabilities found in popular and common software on our website. The first of its kind.

Akto’s Solution with CVE Tagging

To provide users with a 360-degree view of API vulnerabilities, we have introduced CVE Tagging.

Akto CVE Tagging

Every time Akto finds a vulnerability, it adds one or more CVE tags related to the vulnerability. This update is a significant shift in how developers perceive, understand, and fix vulnerabilities. It helps in many ways:

  1. Efficient Communication: CVE tagging provides a universal identifier, making it easier to discuss and share vulnerability information among developers and other team members.

  2. Timely Responses: Enables faster response to emerging threats as security team can quickly identify and assess newly discovered vulnerabilities.

  3. Efficient Prioritization: Allows for much better prioritization of issues and allocation of resources to mitigate the most critical security risks.

Where to find CVE tagging in Akto

Follow these Steps:

  1. Navigate to test results

Test Results
  1. Click on one of the results

Result 1Result 2
  1. Scroll down and check CVE tagging for the issue.

Scroll down and check CVE tagging for the issue

Wrapping up

Akto has its own API CVE database that tracks security vulnerabilities found in popular and common software on our website. Check out the world’s first API only CVE database.

Start your journey of finding API vulnerabilities now with Akto. You can start by deploying Akto self hosted or running Akto cloud.

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