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Cisco has re-engineered the way it discloses security vulnerabilities in its products

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Cisco said earlier today it has re-designed the way it discloses security vulnerabilities in its networking products. This has been planned since mid-2014.

The company has adopted an enhanced and simplified view of security vulnerabilities in its offerings, cooked up its own Security Impact Rating (SIR) scores to let you know just how deep you're in it when a vulnerability appears.

Cisco has also adopted the CVE system and the Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework (CVRF) so its security bugs are described in standard and machine-readable form.

Making the data machine-readable will come in handy once Cisco completes its promised API it says will appear within the next few months.

The API is promised to to let enterprise customers customize the Cisco information and publications to meet their specific needs. It will also allow them to set up rules for automated assessment of their own networks.

Cisco's already switched on a new RSS feed of its security vulnerability notices, in CVRF format, and pointed some users to a Python parsing tool that can read the contents.

The API and new formats have come about because of the company's Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) has admitted to past inconsistencies, saying it's previously used different ways of informing the internet community about security issues, depending on the severity of the bug itself.

As of today, all security flaws get the same treatment, a nice clear presentation on the web and a score on a new SIR scale

Cisco is promoting these changes as a response to customer feedback. The new system is described, formally in the company's new policy published on its site.

Source: Cisco.

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