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Author Sharma, Anil ♦ Martin, J.R. ♦ Anand, N. ♦ Cukier, M. ♦ Sanders, W.H.
Sponsorship IEEE Comput. Soc. Tech. Committee on Fault Tolerant Comput. ♦ LAAS-CNRS
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2004
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Reliability engineering ♦ Educational institutions ♦ Open source software ♦ Contracts ♦ Data security ♦ Mechanical engineering ♦ Knowledge engineering ♦ Computer security ♦ Application software ♦ Software tools
Abstract Evaluation of computing system security requires knowledge of the vulnerabilities present in the system and of potential attacks against the system. Vulnerabilities can be classified based on their location as application vulnerabilities, network vulnerabilities, or host vulnerabilities. We describe Ferret, a new software tool for checking host vulnerabilities. Ferret helps system administrators by quickly finding vulnerabilities that are present on a host. It is designed and implemented in a modular way: a different plug-in module is used for each vulnerability checked, and each possible output format is specified by a plug-in module. As a result, Ferret is extensible, and can easily be kept up-to-date through addition of checks for new vulnerabilities as they are discovered; the modular approach also makes it easy to provide specific configurations of Ferret tailored to specific operating systems or use environments. Ferret is a freely available open-source software implemented in Perl.
Description Author affiliation: Dept. of Mech. Eng., Maryland Univ., College Park, MD, USA (Anil Sharma)
ISBN 0769520766
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2004-03-03
Publisher Place French Polynesia
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Size (in Bytes) 229.88 kB
Page Count 6
Starting Page 389
Ending Page 394

Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library