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Re: How to report a Vulnerability to a Company
From: Ed Telecommuter <edtelecommuter () yahoo com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 11:04:01 -0800 (PST)

You have to remember regardless of your perception of your intent, the person you talk to may and will likely preceive 
you as having exploited the company by sending un solicited un paid for, un scheduled, un authorized illegal attacks. 
You HAVE admitted to violating various laws and more importantly principles of good commication and change control and 
now in retrospect. You will want to present yourself as the white hat not a as hacker turned granade thrower.

In your specific case, you have prescrewed yourself in my opionion. What wont work without likely concequence to 
yourself is communicating the vulenerability,  anonymously through email. Your email communications will likely be 
blocked by any effective spam filter.

Nudge, make a relationship with the right person in the company in a position to accept your report after you have 
earned the right to test for the vulnerability legitimately. Show up at the door after you have permission to test with 
the results and walk away a heroafter reporting it.

Ed

----- Original Message ----
From: "benoni.martin () accenture com" <benoni.martin () accenture com>
To: vikas.programmer () gmail com; pen-test () securityfocus com
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 8:12:47 AM
Subject: RE: How to report a Vulnerability to a Company

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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