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[PEN-TEST] Disclosure policy when performing pentest
From: "Masse, Robert" <rmasse () RICHTERSECURITY COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 11:00:23 -0500

What is the general consensus concerning the disclosure of vulnerabilities
DURING a pen-test?

If you find their web site vulnerable to attack mid-way or at the beginning
of your pentest do you tell the client immediately?  Or do you wait until
the end of the pentest when you publish and submit your report?

Before I do a pentest, I usually explain to the client the pros/cons of each
way.  I let the client decide what is best for his company.

I personally prefer to wait until the end since when I am usually performing
a pentest, the company is so full of vulnerabilities we will never finish if
I would disclose on every major vulnerability.  I would rather wait until
the end and present the report with a seperate 'immediate to-do list'.
Waiting usually involves about 1 weeks time.

Anyone want to comment on this?

Thanks

Rob



Robert Masse, CISSP
Chief Technical Officer

Richter Security Inc.
2 Place Alexis Nihon, suite 905
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
+514 934 3566 Direct
+514 934 3406 Fax


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