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Technical Vulnerability
  • A hardware, firmware or software weakness or design deficiency that leaves an automated information system open to potential exploitation either externally or internally, thereby resulting in risk or compromise of information, alteration of information, or denial of service. Technical vulnerability information, if made available to unauthorized persons, may allow an AIS to be exploited resulting in potentially serious damage to national security. (DODI 5215. 2;)
  • A hardware, firmware, communication, or software flaw which leaves a computer processing system open for potential exploitation either externally or internally, thereby resulting in risk for the owner, user, or manager of the system. (NCSC-WA-001-85;)