CeBIT exhibitor Hasso Plattner Institute (Hall 9, Stand D44) presents visitors its new database for IT attack analysis (https://hpi-vdb.de). The database integrates and combines much of the freely accessible information on the Internet pertaining to software security gaps and problems. At the end of January 2015 there were 67,000 information on vulnerabilities saved that are in 172,000 affected software programs from 15,000 manufacturers. With the help of the HPI database, Internet users and CeBIT visitors can have their computers checked for software vulnerabilities, free of charge.
It is just these types of vulnerabilities that cyber criminals often use for covert attacks. The system recognizes the browser version used – including common plug-ins – and shows a list of the known security gaps. CeBITI visitors receive a live vulnerability analysis. HPI plans to expand the self-diagnosis to other installed software (https://hpi.de).