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RE: How to report a Vulnerability to a Company
From: <benoni.martin () accenture com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 17:12:47 +0100

Hi !

My personal experience was: I found one day a vulnerability on a
commercial site (I could download any file from their web server,
including the configs files containing all the logins/passwords/IP/...
of their database servers ...). So I sent a nice email to the
webmaster/admin reporting that. I was never prosecuted ... but the admin
never patch his web server neither ...

BTW, you should also add to your report that it's not a very good idea
to store clear-text passwords in a database as they seem to do ...
Storing the hashes instead would be really better :)

Regards.

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Vikas Singhal
Sent: lundi 7 janvier 2008 13:25
To: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: How to report a Vulnerability to a Company

Hi all,

Lets say I found a vulnerability in some company's website ( e.g SQL
Injection ) and that vulnerability is crucial to the company. How do I
ethically report it to the Company and have credit for that.

Can I go and say "Hey! I found a vuln in your website with gives me
the password back for any user" Or doing this kinda stuff is not
ethical at all unless you make a SLA with the company before doing any
your own pentest.

Can somebody give me any pointer in this direction.

Regards
Vikas Singhal

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