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ID

CWE-238: Improper Handling of Incomplete Structural Elements

Weakness ID: 238
Abstraction: Variant
Status: Draft
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+ Description

Description Summary

The software does not handle or incorrectly handles when a particular structural element is not completely specified.
+ Time of Introduction
  • Architecture and Design
  • Implementation
+ Applicable Platforms

Languages

All

+ Common Consequences
ScopeEffect
Integrity

Technical Impact: Unexpected state

+ Weakness Ordinalities
OrdinalityDescription
Resultant
(where the weakness is typically related to the presence of some other weaknesses)
+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
ChildOfWeakness BaseWeakness Base237Improper Handling of Structural Elements
Development Concepts (primary)699
Research Concepts (primary)1000
ChildOfCategoryCategory993SFP Secondary Cluster: Incorrect Input Handling
Software Fault Pattern (SFP) Clusters (primary)888
+ Relationship Notes

Can be primary to other problems.

+ Causal Nature

Explicit

+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
PLOVERMissing Element Error
+ Content History
Submissions
Submission DateSubmitterOrganizationSource
PLOVERExternally Mined
Modifications
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Time_of_Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Relationship_Notes, Taxonomy_Mappings, Weakness_Ordinalities
2009-03-10CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Description, Name
2009-10-29CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Description
2011-06-01CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences
2011-06-27CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences
2012-05-11CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships
2013-07-17CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Type
2014-07-30CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships
Previous Entry Names
Change DatePrevious Entry Name
2008-04-11Missing Element Error
2009-03-10Failure to Handle Missing Element

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