Risk

The vulnerability data provides multiple indicators for the risk level of an entry. For example CVSSv2 and CVSSv3 scores and exploit prices - There is also risk information available from other sources like other vulnerability databases, vulnerability scanners, and intrusion detection systems.

Every entry does also contain a risk level which is defined by the VulDB moderation team. The risk level consists of 3 different levels:

  1. low
  2. medium
  3. high
The risk level depends on several criterias like remote possibilities, authentication requirements, attack complexity and impact levels. There are some basic guidelines which are used by teh VulDB moderators:

  • Attack vectors limited to local are usually low (e.g. denial of service, information disclosure) or medium (e.g. privilege escalation, code execution, buffer overflow)
  • Impact levels which promise high level access or even system access are at least medium (e.g. authentication required) and under some circumstances high (e.g. no prerequisites, exploit available, popular vulnerability)
This risk rating is used primarily for textual representation. As it is not based on a strict algorithmic definition it is suggested to use other indicators for statistical analysis. For example CVSSv3 scores which are a well-known industry standard.

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