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A Complete Guide to the Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 2.0

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Author(s)

Peter M. Mell, Karen A. Scarfone, Sasha Romanosky

Abstract

The Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) provides an open framework for communicating the characteristics and impacts of IT vulnerabilities. CVSS consists of three groups: Base, Temporal and Environmental. Each group produces a numeric score ranging from 0 to 10, and a Vector, a compressed textual representation that reflects the values used to derive the score. The Base group represents the intrinsic qualities of a vulnerability. The Temporal group reflects the characteristics of a vulnerability that change over time. The Environmental group represents the characteristics of a vulnerability that are unique to any user¿s environment. CVSS enables IT managers, vulnerability bulletin providers, security vendors, application vendors and researchers to all benefit by adopting this common language of scoring IT vulnerabilities. This guide defines CVSS version 2 and explains how its metrics, equations, and scores can be used.
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FIRST

Keywords

Security metrics, vulnerabilities, vulnerability scoring

Citation

Mell, P. , Scarfone, K. and Romanosky, S. (2007), A Complete Guide to the Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 2.0, FIRST, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=51198, http://www.first.org/cvss/cvss-guide.pdf (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created July 30, 2007, Updated June 2, 2021