0 Day Vulnerabilities
'0 Day Vulnerability' is a self-explanatory term: it refers to those unknown security loopholes in any software, website or other application that are present but undiscovered at the time of its launch. The important question is: why does a '0 Day Vulnerability' even exist when developers already know about its imminent origin? As much as the question is easy to ask, the answer is very challenging. First, consider the fact that "nothing is perfect" in this world. Apply the same concept to the IT industry; end users get average quality products and great quality products. The only thing which makes the latter truly great is the ability of vulnerability detectors to sniff out the lacking areas and have them fixed in time.
'0 Day Vulnerability' – A Closer Look Into the Unknown:
Wikipedia defines '0 Day Vulnerability', AKA: Zero Day Attack(s) as:
A zero-day (or zero-hour or day zero) attack or threat is an attack that exploits a previously
unknown vulnerability in a computer application, meaning that the attack occurs on "day zero" of
awareness of the vulnerability. This means that the developers have had zero days to address and patch
the vulnerability. Zero-day exploits (actual software that uses a security hole to carry out an attack) are
used or shared by attackers before the developer of the target software knows about the vulnerability.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-day_attack
Practically speaking, these vulnerabilities are bound to exist in any software or website. The important factor is getting this crucial knowledge to a team of professionals who can properly analyze the website for the aforementioned exploits and fix them once discovered.
This is exactly why online companies go through the painstaking process of hiring vulnerability experts who could help the company to release a post launch patch. For instance, take the example of your favorite browser. The developers are always releasing "Updates" every now and then. Why is that so?
The updates are necessary because they are supposed to patch the unknown vulnerabilities, which were not detected at the time of releasing the browser version, and sealing them for good. New vulnerabilities are always being discovered as new technologies and usability updates are applied to help improve the overall quality process, which essentially means that security fixes need to be cognizant of past vulnerabilities while taking steps to ensure maximum safety in the future.
In some scenarios, it is literally impossible to discover all of the vulnerabilities at any given time. Even if every security protocol was adhered to at the time of launch, it's still possible for hackers or individuals knowledgeable in the various types of security exploits to take advantage of something left behind in the code by a developer. In this case, the company has to contact its online security providers to institutionalize:
      - Virtual LAN access to remove the content of individual transmissions
      - Deployment of said intrusion detection or an immediate implementation of firewall
      - Introduction of Network Access Control to prevent rogue machines from breaching the website
      - Lockdown of access points until the issue has been fully resolved
'0 Day Vulnerabilities' are commonly present in CMS scripts such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and even plain HTML. They are also found in huge abundance when it comes to modern day website plugins. Taking the example of WordPress, Defencely recently culled a possible online attack by detecting and reporting a security flaw in a popular WordPress plugin, which was likely to infect more than 50,000 websites due to an "unknown" vulnerability.
Defencely Values Your Business's Integrity:
We, at Defencely, go to extreme measures to value a client's online business, website and overall security factors. Understanding that zero day vulnerabilities could open up a loophole of viruses, self-replicating worms and worse, we make sure that such attacks can be prevented before damage is done.
To ensure that our client side platform is secured, we not only detect those vulnerabilities but also go the extra mile to help them patch the issues. We do this on a scheduled basis – just like all well-known online security companies. Take the example of Microsoft; they have the best 0 day vulnerability detectors who would aid the company into releasing a security update on the second Tuesday of each month – just like clockwork!
However, Defencely takes a slightly different approach. If the severity of a possible attack will be potentially felt within the company infrastructure we alert our clients outside of the pre-set schedule. We alert our clients the moment a vulnerability is detected, and we don't rest until we know that your business is safe and secure.
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