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What is Exploit

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition
An action that takes advantage of weaknesses or vulnerabilities in software or hardware.
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Marketing Vulnerabilities in an Age of Online Commerce
Robert S. Owen (Texas A&M University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch533
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Network Worms
Code written to take advantage of a specific vulnerability.
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Intrusion Detection Based on P2P Software
A small program which is designed specifically to attack a certain vulnerability in a system. These are dangerous, while their use requires no skills, and they are usually published shortly after a disclosure of a vulnerability.
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Marketing Vulnerabilities in an Age of Online Commerce
An action that takes advantage of weaknesses or vulnerabilities in software or hardware.
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Web Authorization Protocols
A piece of software that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in applications, networks, or hardware.
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Malicious Software
Software written to take advantage of a specific vulnerability.
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Current Challenges in Intrusion Detection Systems
Taking advantage of a software vulnerability to carry out an attack. To minimize the risk of exploits, security updates, or software patches should be applied frequently.
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Honeypots and Honeynets: Analysis and Case Study
Piece of software that takes advantage of a security vulnerability with the intention of obtaining a behaviour undesired by the legitimate user. Exploits are not malicious code themselves: they are usually used as a first step for other purposes like non-authorized access or malware propagation.
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Privilege Escalation: Threats, Prevention, and a Case Study
A computer program or script used for vulnerabilities in computers or systems.
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