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Publication Citation: Vulnerability Scoring for Security Configuration Settings

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Author(s): Karen A. Scarfone; Peter M. Mell;
Title: Vulnerability Scoring for Security Configuration Settings
Published: October 29, 2008
Abstract: The best-known vulnerability scoring standard, the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), is designed to quantify the severity of security-related software flaw vulnerabilities. This paper describes our efforts to determine if CVSS could be adapted for use with a different type of vulnerability: security configuration settings. We have identified significant differences in scoring configuration settings and software flaws and have proposed methods for accommodating those differences. We also generated scores for 187 configuration settings to evaluate the new specification.
Conference: 4th International Workshop on Quality of Protection
Proceedings: 2008 ACM Workshop on Quality of Protection
Location: Alexandria, VA
Dates: October 27, 2008
Keywords: Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), risk assessment, security configuration, vulnerability, vulnerability scoring
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