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What are "vulnerabilities"?

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Overview

This article will explain the ACSIA alert called "vulnerabilities".


Explaining the vulnerabilities alert

"Vulnerabilities" refer to weaknesses or flaws in computer systems, software, or networks that could be exploited by attackers to gain unauthorized access, cause disruptions, or steal sensitive information. These vulnerabilities are like open doors or cracks in a fortress that attackers can use to get inside and carry out their harmful activities.

Example of an attack related to a vulnerability in a system or network:

Let's consider a small online retail company that has a website where customers can purchase products and manage their accounts. The website's software is outdated, and the company hasn't applied security patches or updates for a long time.

An attacker discovers this vulnerability and identifies a weakness in the website's login system. The login system doesn't properly validate user input, which means the attacker can input malicious code into the login fields instead of the expected username and password.

Using this flaw, the attacker crafts a special script and initiates what's known as a "SQL injection attack." When the attacker submits the malicious code through the login page, it tricks the website's database into executing unintended commands.

As a result, the attacker gains unauthorized access to the website's database, which contains valuable customer information, such as names, addresses, and credit card details. The attacker can now steal this sensitive data and use it for malicious purposes, such as identity theft or selling the information on the dark web.

In this example, the vulnerability in the website's login system provided an opportunity for the attacker to carry out the attack and compromise the company's data. 

ACSIA alerts you when an attack due to a vulnerability is being performed on your infrastructure. Here's all the information that ACSIA shows you in the Live Notification:

Also, on the right of the above screen, we can see the actions that a user can perform in such cases.

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