The Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB), which was developed to catalogue and describe the Internet's security vulnerabilities, has opened for public use.
The goal of the OSVDB, which was created by members of the security community, is "to provide accurate, detailed, current, and unbiased technical information" about security vulnerabilities, according to the organisation's website.
The OSVDB project was launched in 2002 because at that time there was no independent, community-operated vulnerability database in existence, according to a statement on the project's website, and the vulnerability databases that did exist were managed by private interests and designed to meet their needs.
The group said it wanted to promote greater, more open collaboration between companies and individuals, eliminate redundant work and reduce the costs associated with the development and maintenance of in-house vulnerability databases.
"OSVDB organisers believe that more than one vulnerability database is needed to meet the full variety of community requirements," the group said.
"While it references the other vulnerability databases, it develops its own database entries to ensure that there are no restrictions on distribution and reuse of the OSVDB vulnerability data: its contents are free of cost and free of restrictions on use."
Linda Rosencrance writes for Computerworld