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Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hacker’s Handbook by Jonathan Ness, Chris Eagle, Shon Harris, Gideon Lenkey, Allen Harper, Terron Williams

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CHAPTER 27Closing the Holes: Mitigation

So, you have discovered a vulnerability in a piece of software. What now? The disclosure debate will always be around (see Chapter 3), but regardless of whether you disclose in public or to the vendor alone, there will be some time that elapses between discovery of a vulnerability and release of a corresponding patch or update that properly secures the problem. If you are using the software, what steps can you take to defend yourself in the meantime? If you are a consultant, what guidelines will you give your customers for defending themselves? This chapter presents some options for improving security during the vulnerability window that exists between discovery and correction of a vulnerability. We cover ...

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