[Full-disclosure] OSVDB 2.0 RELEASED



OPEN SOURCE VULNERABILITY DATABASE (OSVDB) 2.0

RICHMOND, VA, December 15, 2007 – OSVDB announced a major milestone in
the cataloging, classification, description and management of software
and hardware security vulnerabilities: The release of OSVDB 2.0, a
complete rewrite of the web site using Ruby on Rails, provides
substantial performance and reliability improvements for both developers
and researchers. “OSVDB 2.0 will help evolve stagnant Vulnerability
Databases and position OSVDB as the go-to security vulnerability
database,” says Brian Martin, one of the project leaders.

OSVDB, a recognized leader in providing services to the security
industry for the past five years, has cataloged nearly 40,000
vulnerabilities, with the help of over 300 volunteers, while gaining
industry recognition and vendor support.

“The new Ruby on Rails MVC framework will allow for quick and efficient
deployment of changes,” says Dave Shettler, Lead Developer of the OSVDB
project. “This will provide greater flexibility to adapt to the changes
in the vulnerability and security industry.”

Eighteen months ago OSVDB project leaders identified the need to provide
more services, an easier interface for updating vulnerabilities and a
way to make it simple for individuals and companies to integrate with
the project. OSVDB 2.0 achieves these objectives.

OSVDB 2.0 enhancements include: greater detail about the overall nature
of a specific vulnerability, a “Watch List” service that provides alerts
for new vulnerabilities, consolidating external blogs by vulnerability,
and new reporting metrics. The enhanced data will allow users to find
vulnerabilities based on criteria such as attack type, solution status
or if the vulnerability has been confirmed or disputed by the vendor.
“We know that OSVDB 2.0’s new features will prove to be useful for the
security community.” says Kelly Todd, one of the project leaders.
“OSVDB is a team effort for improved security by the security community.”

Users of the old system will immediately notice that the project has
implemented a customizable portal that fully integrates the old backend
interface and the front end website. In addition, the method for
updating vulnerabilities has been changed to a “Wiki style” system that
allows contributors to edit individual fields when needed.

The enhanced classification system is now tracking the following
additional fields:
•Context Dependent
•“Wormified”
•Vulnerability Dependent
•Security Software
•Coordinated Disclosure
•Uncoordinated Disclosure
•Vendor Disputed
•Vendor Verified
•Solution Types
•Wireless

The OSVDB project leaders--Jake Kouns, Brian Martin, Dave Shettler,
Chris Sullo, Kelly Todd , and Steve Tornio-- would like to thank all of
the volunteers and organizations who help make the project a success.
The full list of contributors to the project can be viewed at:
http://osvdb.org/contributors

We would also like to thank our sponsors:
•Google (google.com), for sponsoring OSVDB in the Google Summer of Code
program in 2006 and 2007.
•Layered Technologies (layeredtech.com), for web hosting.
•GFI (gfi.com), for financial support.

“The OSVDB project will go as far as the community is willing to take
it.”, says Jake Kouns, project lead. “We continue to encourage
individuals to get involved and help shape the future of the project.”

If you would like to become involved with the project please contact us
at moderators@xxxxxxxxx

OSVDB 2.0 can be found at www.OSVDB.org.

Press Contact:

Jake Kouns
Open Source Vulnerability Database Project
+1.804.306.8412

Email: jkouns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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