So many viruses, so little time

Thursday, 30 September 2004, 4:12 PM EST

The average time between the public disclosure of software security vulnerabilities and the release of a corresponding exploit of the flaws is rapidly narrowing, according to a study by security firm Symantec. The so-called "vulnerability window" has shrunk from seven days at the beginning of 2004, to the current figure of 5.8 days.

As exploit authors become more advanced it is widely believed that the window will continue to contract leading to a situation where exploits will be released on the same day as the vulnerability is announced.

By Deirdre McArdle at ENN.

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