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CVE Current States



As discussed in the Board meeting on 5/24, here are the current CVE states along with some descriptions (some exist in the CVE FAQ). In the case of POPULATED and UNASSIGNED, I don’t think we have ever treated these as states in the past, but I think it makes sense to do so for this exercise and moving forward.


UNASSIGNED: A CVE that has never been ALLOCATED or RESERVED. The CVE master list provides an error message in the case that someone attempts to view this CVE ID.

Example: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=cve-2001-10000


RESERVED: A CVE Identifier (CVE ID) is marked as "RESERVED" when it has been reserved for use by a CVE Numbering Authority (CNA) or security researcher, but the details of it are not yet populated.

Example: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2000-1253


REJECT: A CVE ID listed as "REJECT" is a CVE ID that is not accepted as a CVE ID. The reason a CVE ID is marked REJECT will most often be stated in the description of the CVE ID.

Reject reasons (not an inclusive list):

·       Duplicate assignment

·       Duplicate reservation

·       Duplicate Typo in Sequence or year

·       Mixed issues or Dual use

·       Merged (same vuln type/ versions)

·       Withdrawn by CNA (not a vuln)

·       CNA expired pool

Example: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-8784


DISPUTED: When one party disagrees with another party's assertion that a particular issue in software is a vulnerability, a CVE ID assigned to that issue may be designated as being "DISPUTED". In these cases, CVE is making no determination as to which party is correct. Instead, we make note of this dispute and try to offer any public references that will better inform those trying to understand the facts of the issue.

Example: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-8912


POPULATED: The CVE entry has been published with at least a minimum amount of detail and at least one public reference.

Example: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0002



Chris Coffin

The CVE Team

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