Monthly Archives: May, 2004

Post Go-Live Update, 3000 Stable Entries

We have had an overwhelming positive response since the go-live of the Open Source Vulnerability Database project, and would like to thank everyone that has supported OSVDB. In the two months, we’ve gotten many new volunteers and have over fifty active data manglers. Thanks to their dedication and hard work, we have made great progress updating the database content, and have 3000 vulnerabilities in the “stable” status.

As well as the database content, we have achieved a project milestone to help support the growth and adoption of OSVDB. In addition to the RSS feed ( of daily “stable” vulnerabilities, the entire database is now available in XML format. Custom scripts are available to load the data into PostgreSQL, MySQL and Microsoft Access databases. Any feedback on the XML format or scripts is greatly appreciated.

Also on the new feature list is the OSVDB XML-RPC server. This had been requested by numerous security tools to help the active integration with and usage of OSVDB. We have developed our own library of procedure calls to be used as a means of retrieving data via XML-RPC. This library may be utilized to search and display data contained in the OSVDB database. We want to send special thanks to Brandon for all of his hard work and making this big step for OSVDB possible!

Since the OSVDB go-live, the development team has been inundated with requests for bug fixes, enhancements and major functionality changes. They previously posted a request for new developers, and are still seeking additional help. If interested, please email Forrest Rae.

We have had many people contact us and offer support for the project. We are currently determining our long-term hosting strategy, and appreciate the many offers of mirror space. When we have a clear strategy defined, we will be reviewing and evaluating all of the offers. Most notable of the support offers, we’d like to thank Churchill & Harriman (, who became our first financial sponsor. We appreciate their support to help ensure the long-term success of OSVDB, and hope others will follow their lead.

OSVDB continues to aggressively update the content of the database, as well as strive to complete the objectives we have previously outlined. We will also continue to update the community as major accomplishments are achieved. As always, please feel free to contact us with ideas, questions or feedback.