Top Internet weaknesses double to 20 on new list

Top Internet weaknesses double to 20 on new list

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, working with the SANS Institute of Bethesda, Md., has issued a new list of common Internet security vulnerabilities that's twice the length of last year's. The original list of 10 came from SANS and the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center.

The list covers general, Microsoft Windows and Unix vulnerabilities, including those that admitted this year's Code Red and Nimda worms. The list is downloadable from www.sans.org/top20.htm.

There are hyperlinks to more than 140 specific vulnerabilities and associated information in the ICAT (formerly Internet Categorization and Analysis of Threats) Metabase maintained by the Computer Security Division of NIST's IT Laboratory.

The metabase appears at icat.nist.gov in Microsoft Access format, which users can download and update for free. It records all known CVEs, or common vulnerabilities and exposures that hackers can exploit.

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