2 Feb
2024
8
min read

Is there value in understanding the history behind a vulnerability?

There is a massive value in being able to understand the history behind a vulnerability in your code. Whether you're a CISO or an Information Security Manager, seeing the progression of a vulnerability from code, to staging, to production is fundamental in root cause analysis.

Sian-Louise Montgomery
Marketing Consultant

There is a massive value in being able to understand the history behind a vulnerability in your code. Whether you're a CISO or an Information Security Manager, seeing the progression of a vulnerability from code, to staging, to production is vital. Even being able to see what kinds of changes have been occurring to introduce that vulnerability into the environment is fundamental in root cause analysis.

As a software developer, being able to see how pieces of information can be built up over time in order to create a comprehensive picture of a vulnerability is extremely useful when you then look to treat it. Understanding where it is at code and where it is at staging means that you're not only able to test for the vulnerability, but you're also able to jump into the place that you need to go in order to fix it.

The other advantage of having history and provenance for a vulnerability is that you can have a greater level of confidence. Saying that a vulnerability may exist because it's been detected by one tool at one stage of the process is all well and good, but being able to say that three different tools have identified it in three different distinct ways is going to affirm your confidence.

This way, you can say whether or not it's a legitimate vulnerability and if it's genuinely exploitable, allowing you to rest assured with a much more complete picture about it.

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