Common Weakness Enumeration

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Common Weakness Enumeration is a software community project that aims at creating a catalog of software weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The goal of the project is to better understand flaws in software and to create automated tools that can be used to identify, fix, and prevent those flaws.[1] The project is sponsored by the National Cybersecurity FFRDC, which is owned by The MITRE Corporation.

CWE Compatibility[edit]

Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) Compatibility program allows a service or a product to be reviewed and registered as officially "CWE-Compatible" and "CWE-Effective". The program assists organizations in selecting the right software tools and learning about possible weaknesses and their possible impact.

In order to obtain CWE Compatible status a product or a service must meet 4 out of 6 requirements, shown below:

CWE Searchable users may search security elements using CWE identifiers
CWE Output security elements presented to users includes, or allows users to obtain, associated CWE identifiers
Mapping Accuracy security elements accurately link to the appropriate CWE identifiers
CWE Documentation capability's documentation describes CWE, CWE compatibility, and how CWE-related functionality in the capability is used
CWE Coverage for CWE-Compatibility and CWE-Effectiveness, the capability's documentation explicitly lists the CWE-IDs that the capability claims coverage and effectiveness against locating in software
CWE Test Results for CWE-Effectiveness, test results from the capability showing the results of assessing software for the CWEs are posted on the CWE Web site

There are eleven organizations that develop and maintain products and services that achieved CWE Compatible status:

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