Xygeni Security Glossary

Software Development & Delivery Security Glossary

What is CVE?

What is CVE- Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures? #

CVE stands for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures. It is a publicly accessible database that maintains a list of known cybersecurity vulnerabilities in software products. Each CVE entry provides a unique identifier (CVE-ID), a detailed description, and a severity rating to help organizations prioritize patching and mitigation efforts.

Why is CVE Important? #

CVE plays a crucial role in modern software security by:

  • Standardization: Provides a common language for identifying and discussing vulnerabilities, enabling better communication between security researchers, software vendors, and users.
  • Prioritization: CVE severity ratings help organizations prioritize which vulnerabilities to address first based on potential impact.
  • Awareness & Transparency: Creates public awareness of security risks and encourages software vendors to issue timely patches.

Key Benefits of CVE #

  • Improved Visibility: Offers a centralized view of known vulnerabilities across various software products.
  • Enhanced Risk Management: Enables organizations to make informed decisions about vulnerability remediation.
  • Vendor Accountability: Creates pressure on software vendors to address security flaws in their products.

Tools for CVE #

  • CVE List: A publicly accessible database of vulnerabilities available at CVE List.
  • Xygeni Early Malicious Code Detection: Automatically analyzes new or updated open-source packages, notifying you of any suspicious evidence of malware and blacklisting harmful dependencies to prevent infection risks.

Types of CVE #

CVE entries are categorized based on their nature and impact:

  • Buffer Overflows: Vulnerabilities caused by overwriting memory buffers.
  • SQL Injection: Vulnerabilities allowing attackers to execute arbitrary SQL code.
  • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS): Vulnerabilities enabling attackers to inject malicious scripts into web pages viewed by others.
  • Privilege Escalation: Vulnerabilities allowing users to gain elevated access rights.

Challenges of CVE #

  • Incomplete Coverage: Not all vulnerabilities are reported or included in the CVE list.
  • Exploit Availability: The existence of a CVE doesn’t necessarily mean an exploit exists for it.
  • Prioritization Burden: The vast number of CVEs can make it challenging to prioritize which ones to address first.


The CVE system plays a vital role in modern software security by providing a centralized resource for vulnerability information. Understanding CVE and how to leverage it empowers organizations to identify, prioritize, and address security weaknesses in their software effectively.

Protect Your Application against Malicious Open Source Dependencies #

At Xygeni, we understand the risks posed by malicious open-source dependencies. Our Early Malicious Code Detection supports you by automatically analyzing any new or updated open-source package. We notify you as soon as we detect any suspicious evidence of malware and add the dependency to a blacklist. This allows you to halt the automatic build or delivery of your application before any infection risks occur.

With our Early Detection and Early Warning mechanisms, Xygeni ensures the security and integrity of your applications. Additionally, you can sign up for our Malicious Code Digest, where every week, we highlight malicious packages among the thousands of new packages and updates published in the open-source package registries.

Stay informed and protect your software from emerging threats with Xygeni’s comprehensive security solutions. Sign up today to keep your applications secure and resilient against the latest vulnerabilities.

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