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Exploitability evidence trough data analysis and threat intelligence. What is exploitability?
Exploitability, in the context of vulnerability management and application security, refers to the likelihood that a weakness identified in a software system, often categorized using CWE (Common Weakness Enumeration), or CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) can be effectively exploited by attackers. It's a pivotal aspect monitored closely in the Phoenix Security Exploitability framework, guiding proactive security measures.
The data visualized leverages popularity of exploits in bug bounty programs, EPSS, verified exploits and zero day threat intelligece.

What is Zero Day?

Defining Exploitability: At its core, exploitability refers to the potential or likelihood of a vulnerability being exploited by malicious actors to compromise systems, applications, or networks.

Exploits are the translation of vulnerable code in malicious effect that can lead to security breaches. They can be particularly menacing when they involve zero-day vulnerabilities, which are previously unknown to software developers or vendors. Threat actors keenly eye these unpatched weaknesses, understanding that they are inherently difficult to defend against because there are no fixes readily available. Instead, organizations must rely on compensating controls and vigilant vulnerability management to mitigate the risks posed by zero-day exploits.

 

More details about exploitability can be found here in this deep dive analysis. 

The treacherous path of exploitation begins with the discovery of a vulnerability, often documented by security researchers or attackers. Once a vulnerability is known, it doesn’t take long for links to emerge in various sources, pointing to the exploit’s existence. These exploits find their way into widely adopted vulnerability tools like ExploitDB, MetaSploit, and Nuclei, exponentially amplifying their threat potential.

The real alarm bell rings when a vulnerability achieves a high exploitation score in the Exploit Prediction Scoring System (EPSS), surpassing the threshold, perhaps 0.5 or 0.6. This score indicates that the vulnerability is not merely theoretical; it’s actively being exploited in the wild.

In this intricate landscape, understanding the dynamics of exploitability, exploits, and their relationship to vulnerability management and application security is paramount. Organizations must stay vigilant, ready to employ compensating controls and proactive security measures to defend against these cunning and ever-evolving threats.

In this section we analyse zero day data cron dark web and other sources like Zero day initiative and google zero day in the wild

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Decyphering Vulnerability Zero Day: Beyond just code

Zero days are a particoular type of vulnerabilities that don't have fixes

Deciphering Vulnerability Exploits: Beyond the Code

Exploit code isn’t synonymous with exploitability – not in the realm of cybersecurity where realism matters. While it undeniably contributes to the likelihood of a vulnerability being exploited, it’s only part of the equation. That’s where the Exploit Prediction Scoring System (EPSS) comes into play, assessing various facets to gauge the true exploit potential.

PUBLICLY AVAILABLE EXPLOIT CODE

In addition to collecting live exploitation data, the EPSS casts a wide net across sources like MetaSploit, Exploit-DB, and GitHub. Its mission? To determine if there’s published exploit code for the CVE at hand. While the presence of code correlates with the likelihood of exploitation, it’s no guarantee – a lesson we’ve learned through years of cybersecurity diligence.

OPEN SOURCE SECURITY TOOLS

Enter the world of open source security tools, the double-edged swords of ethical and unethical hackers alike. Tools like Intrigue, Sn1per, Jaeles, and Nuclei are in the EPSS spotlight. Why? Because understanding their capability to exploit a given CVE is essential. It’s a reminder that the same tools wielded by defenders can also be leveraged by attackers.

BOTTOM LINE

Just because exploit code surfaces online doesn’t mean you can realistically attack a vulnerability in your network. Real-world scenarios demand more than just code availability. Reachability analysis is key, and the EPSS knows it.

So, if you’re ready to unravel the intricacies of vulnerability exploits, CWE, and leverage the insights from our extensive threat intelligence sources, join us on this journey. In a world where the digital battleground is ever-evolving, understanding the true exploit potential of vulnerabilities is your best defense.

Zero Day exploits over the years An Overview

Across datasets which zero day and vendor is more trending? we analyse exploitability, type of issues between remote code execution and buffer overflow

Zero Day exploits over the years

Zero Day have been disclosed over the years here is a history of the number of zero days across vendors 

Zero Day Type of exploits

Across datasets which zero day and vendor is more trending? we analyse exploitability, type of issues between remote code execution and buffer overflow

Top Exploitable products

The top exploitable product isn’t defined solely by its popularity or widespread use, but by a combination of factors that elevate its exploitability. It boasts a high-value target status, driven by a trifecta of factors: a substantial probability of exploitation, verified exploits in the wild, and its popularity among attackers. This product stands at the intersection of these elements, making it an attractive target for cybercriminals. Its susceptibility to exploitation, coupled with the availability of proven attack vectors, emphasizes the importance of vigilant vulnerability management and proactive application security measures to safeguard against the ever-present threats lurking in the digital landscape.

More details on Explotability

Owasp top 10 has been a pillar over the years; sister to CWE – Common Weakness Enumeration we provide an overview of the top software vulnerabilities and web application security risks with a data-driven approach focused on helping identify what risk to fix first.
Francesco Cipollone
With cyber threats growing in sophistication, understanding exploitability has become crucial for security teams to prioritize vulnerabilities effectively. This article explores the key factors that influence the likelihood of exploits in the wild, including attack vectors, complexity levels, privileges required, and more. You’ll learn how predictive scoring systems like EPSS are bringing added dimensions to vulnerability analysis, going beyond static scores. We discuss the importance of monitoring verified threat feeds and exploiting trends from reliable sources, instead of getting distracted by unverified claims and noise. Adopting a risk-based approach to prioritization is emphasized, where critical vulnerabilities are addressed not just based on CVSS severity, but also their likelihood of being exploited and potential business impact. Recent major exploits like Log4Shell are highlighted to stress the need for proactive security. Equipped with the insights from this guide, you’ll be able to implement a strategic, data-backed approach to focusing on the most pertinent risks over the barrage of vulnerabilities.
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ZERO DAY exploitabilities

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