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About CVE Identifiers
CVE Identifiers Defined
CVE Identifiers (also called "CVE names," "CVE numbers," "CVE-IDs," and "CVEs") are unique, common identifiers for publicly known information security vulnerabilities.
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Creation of a CVE Identifier
The process of creating a CVE Identifier begins with the discovery of a potential security vulnerability or exposure. The information is then assigned a CVE Identifier number by a CVE Numbering Authority (CNA), and posted on the CVE Web site by the CVE Editor. As part of its management of CVE, The MITRE Corporation functions as CVE Editor and Primary CNA. The CVE Editorial Board oversees this process.
The documents below explain CVE Identifiers and the creation of identifiers in more detail:
Lists the several organizations currently participating as CVE Numbering Authorities (CNAs). Includes an introduction to the candidate reservation process; defines CNAs and provides the requirements for being a CNA, describes CNA tasks, and explains the communication requirements from the CNA to MITRE; defines the role of vendor liaisons, and explains the researcher’s responsibilities in the process.
A description of the process of how CVE Identifiers are added to the CVE List, including the roles of CVE Numbering Authorities (CNA) and the CVE Content Team.
CVE Editorial Policies, also Content Decisions (CDs), are the guidelines the CVE Content Team uses to ensure that CVE Identifiers are created in a consistent fashion, independent of who is doing the creation. This page is a central location of information about, and related to, CDs including the following: Editorial Policies Overview; CVE Abstraction Content Decisions: Rationale and Application; and Handling Duplicate Public CVE Identifiers.
Selected opinions and commentary about vulnerabilities, software assurance, and related topics by the CVE List Editor.
Each CVE Identifier includes appropriate references. Each reference used in CVE (1) identifies the source, (2) includes a well-defined identifier to facilitate searching on a source’s Web site, and (3) notes the associated CVE Identifier. CVE also includes a Reference Maps page with links to documents from the commonly used information sources that are used as references for CVE Identifiers.
A list of sources from the information security community that provide us with vulnerability information that helps MITRE create new CVE Identifiers, along with a product coverage list.
This page provides an archive list of the organizations from the information security community that provided us with vulnerability information that helped MITRE create new CVE Identifiers from 1999 through November 2013.
This page provides an archive of the old CVE versions, the last of which was issued in 2006. As new CVE Identifiers are now added to the CVE Web site on a daily basis and are immediately usable by the community, the most current version of CVE is on the CVE List Master Copy page.
FAQs from the Frequently Asked Questions page in the About CVE section also address specific questions about CVE Identifiers.
Requesting CVE Identifiers
In most instances the CVE Initiative does not issue CVE-ID numbers directly but instead relies on certain mechanisms to handle newly emerging information that is eventually provided to CVE. Therefore, to receive a CVE-ID number for your issue you could:
Alternatively, you may contact the CVE project to Request a CVE-ID and we will provide you with our "CVE Identifier Reservation Guidelines for Researchers" and work with you to assign a CVE-ID number while you work through the process of publicly disclosing the vulnerability. Please review the Researcher Responsibilities.