Cloud security company Wiz has announced the launch of a new database aimed at tracking vulnerabilities and other security issues affecting cloud services.
Cybersecurity researchers often find vulnerabilities in widely used cloud services offered by companies like AWS, Microsoft, and Google. While some cloud vulnerabilities do not require any user action, there are situations where affected customers must take certain actions, such as key rotation.
According to Wiz, there are several issues when it comes to disclosure and handling of cloud vulnerabilities, including that there is no standardized notification channel between service providers and CVE identifiers are in many cases not assigned, which makes it difficult to track problems. Also, there is no severity score to help users prioritize vulnerabilities and there is no transparency on flaws and their detection.
Wiz has been urging the community to improve the response to cloud security vulnerabilities, including by creating a standardized, public database for reporting and listing vulnerabilities.
The company has now announced the launch of such a database, hosted on cloudvulndb.org — whose goal is to catalog all known vulnerabilities and other types of security issues affecting cloud services.
“In most cases, CSPs are quick to respond to fix the security issue on their end, but the lack of standardization leaves many cloud customers vulnerable and unaware of issues in their environments,” said Wiz. “Our goal in this project is to pave the way for a centralized database of vulnerabilities in the cloud, cataloging CSP security bugs in a new format and listing the exact steps CSP customers can take to detect or prevent these. problems in their own environments.
Wiz told SecurityWeek that there are currently nearly 70 vulnerabilities in the database, including about 10 critical and 10 high severity flaws. Critical vulnerabilities are mostly cross-tenant issues, such as ChaosDB and ExtraReplica.
“Establishing metrics and a methodology to define severity is one of the next steps in the project. Meanwhile, the severities on the website are currently based on the assessments of the site maintainers, based on their cloud security experience and their history of assessing and remediating cloud vulnerabilities across all cloud platforms. Wiz explained.
Each database entry contains a brief description of the vulnerability, affected service, required remediation steps, CVEs (if any), disclosure date, exploitation period, detection methods, the name of the reporting researcher and references.
The Cloud Vulnerabilities Database is based on Scott Piper’s “Cloud Service Provider Security Bugs” project: Piper will participate in maintenance of the Wiz-sponsored service.
Members of the cybersecurity community who wish to add new entries to the database can do so by creating a pull request in a GitHub repository where the content of the database is automatically obtained.
Any publicly known cloud security issue for which an actual or potential impact has been demonstrated can be added to the database. Each entry should include the remedial actions required, either by the cloud provider or by users.
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