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ID

CWE-372: Incomplete Internal State Distinction

Weakness ID: 372
Abstraction: Base
Status: Draft
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+ Description

Description Summary

The software does not properly determine which state it is in, causing it to assume it is in state X when in fact it is in state Y, causing it to perform incorrect operations in a security-relevant manner.
+ Time of Introduction
  • Architecture and Design
  • Implementation
+ Applicable Platforms

Languages

All

+ Common Consequences
ScopeEffect
Integrity
Other

Technical Impact: Varies by context; Unexpected state

+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
ChildOfCategoryCategory371State Issues
Development Concepts (primary)699
ChildOfWeakness ClassWeakness Class697Insufficient Comparison
Research Concepts (primary)1000
ChildOfCategoryCategory962SFP Secondary Cluster: Unchecked Status Condition
Software Fault Pattern (SFP) Clusters (primary)888
+ Relationship Notes

This conceptually overlaps other categories such as insufficient verification, but this entry refers to the product's incorrect perception of its own state.

This is probably resultant from other weaknesses such as unhandled error conditions, inability to handle out-of-order steps, multiple interpretation errors, etc.

+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
PLOVERIncomplete Internal State Distinction
+ Maintenance Notes

The classification under CWE-697 is imprecise. Since this entry does not cover specific causes for why proper state is not identified, it needs deeper investigation. It is probably more like a category.

+ Content History
Submissions
Submission DateSubmitterOrganizationSource
PLOVERExternally Mined
Modifications
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Time_of_Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Maintenance_Notes, Relationships, Relationship_Notes, Taxonomy_Mappings
2010-12-13CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Maintenance_Notes
2011-06-01CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences
2011-06-27CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences
2012-05-11CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships
2014-07-30CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships
2017-05-03CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Related_Attack_Patterns

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