Exploit (computer security)

Piece of code

An exploit is a program or piece of code that tries to identify vulnerabilities in applications, hardware, and networks, and gain as much control as possible over your computer/system.

Therefore, vulnerabilities are the result of a software or system architecture bug. They can be seen as accidental open windows that anyone having less honest intentions can use to your disadvantage.

All that attackers need to do is to write their code to exploit these vulnerabilities and inject malware into your system.

For publicly confirmed cybersecurity vulnerabilities, there are organizations that list all identified vulnerabilities, along with an identification number, a description, and public references.

Besides these exploits, there are also the ones unknown to everyone; they are referred to as zero-day exploits.

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