Submission Policy

VulDB is a public Vulnerability Database which collects, analyzes, documents, and discloses security vulnerabilities in electronic devices and computer systems.

Vulnerability Reporting

Users are able to submit new vulnerabilities online which shall be disclosed and/or added to the database. By accessing our services they agree to the general Terms and Use.

Disclosure Timeline

Submitted vulnerabilities are stored in a queue and moderated within 5 business days. Processing is usually handled within 12 hours.

Quality Control

The moderation team aims to provide a certain level of quality regarding entries and data. This quality control might require more time for communication and validation. If the default disclosure timeline cannot be held, the submitting user will be informed about the new timeline.

Providing as much information in a submission as possible helps the moderation team to validate new submissions faster and with a higher level of accuracy. Detailed summaries, exploit details, screenshots, and videos are highly appreciated.

If the moderation team is not able to verify the true existence of a submitted vulnerability, the moderation will be postponed until valid details are made available by the submitting user or a 3rd party.

Communication

All communication regarding a new submission happens between the submitting user and the moderation team. Registered users will receive an email to their linked account as soon as the moderation has happened. It will contain the moderation decision and further links.

Accepts

If a submission is qualified as a new vulnerability, it will be accepted. A new entry will be created based on the submission.

Reporter

The submitting user will be listed as submitter and/or researching party that identified the vulnerability. Users are able to ask to suppress this information on the service. Registered users can do this in their settings. Registered users gain community points for submits.

Splits

If a submission contains multiple vulnerabilities the submission will be split into their respective entries. Every split is handled as separate submission.

Merges

If a submission could be identified as a duplicate of an existing entry, the data from the submission will be merged into the existing entry. The reporting user will be listed as contributor and as commiter to the entry. Registered users gain community points for commits.

Rejects

If a submission is not qualified as a new vulnerability it will be rejected. Every reject contains an explanation and is made available to the submitting user. Common reasons are spam, false-positive, and invalid data.

Bug Bounty

VulDB does not provide a bug bounty for submissions affecting non-VulDB products. Please refer to the VulDB Bug Bountry program otherwise.

Blacklisting

Users abusing the submission capabilities will be blacklisted from submitting further items. Extended abuse might lead to disabling the entire account. This includes but is not limited to flooding, missing details, provoking false-positives or duplicates.

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