July 11, 2005
During testing, should we always prove a vulnerability by exploiting it, or is it enough to identify the hole without demonstrating an attack?
Initially my view was that we should show a successful attack before reporting the hole, but the view has slowly changed with experience.
Consider SQL injection. Should we report the possibility of SQL injection if a page displays a database error message? Or should we demonstrate a successful attack before reporting it?
Here's why a proven exploit is not required while reporting the above:
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