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Exploring the Clustering of Software Vulnerability Disclosure Notifications Across Software Vendors

List of Authors: Jukka Ruohonen, Johannes Holvitie, Sami Hyrynsalmi, Ville Leppänen

Conference name: International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications

Place: New York

Publication year: 2016

Book title *: Proceedings of 13th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications AICCSA 2016

Number of pages: 8

ISBN: 978-1-5090-4321-7

eISBN: 978-1-5090-4320-0

ISSN: 2161-5322

URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7945696/


This exploratory empirical paper investigates annual time delays between vulnerability disclosure notifications and acknowledgments by means of network analysis. These delays are approached through a potential clustering effect of vulnerabilities across software vendors. The analysis is based on a projection from bipartite vendor-vulnerability structures to one-mode vendor-vendor networks, while the hypothesized clustering effect is approached with a conventional community detection algorithm. According to the results, (a) vulnerabilities
cluster across vendors, (b) which also explains a portion of the time delays, although (c) the clustering is not stable annually. The computed network (d) clusters can be also interpreted by reflecting these against common software security attack surfaces. The ressults can be used to contemplate (e) practical means with
which the efficiency of vulnerability disclosure could be improved.

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