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CWE-526: Information Exposure Through Environmental Variables

 
Information Exposure Through Environmental Variables
Weakness ID: 526 (Weakness Variant)Status: Incomplete
+ Description

Description Summary

Environmental variables may contain sensitive information about a remote server.
+ Time of Introduction
  • Architecture and Design
  • Implementation
  • Operation
+ Common Consequences
ScopeEffect
Confidentiality

Technical Impact: Read application data

+ Potential Mitigations

Phase: Architecture and Design

Protect information stored in environment variable from being exposed to the user.

+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
ChildOfWeakness ClassWeakness Class200Information Exposure
Development Concepts (primary)699
Research Concepts (primary)1000
ChildOfCategoryCategory731OWASP Top Ten 2004 Category A10 - Insecure Configuration Management
Weaknesses in OWASP Top Ten (2004) (primary)711
ChildOfCategoryCategory963SFP Secondary Cluster: Exposed Data
Software Fault Pattern (SFP) Clusters (primary)888
+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
Software Fault PatternsSFP23Exposed Data
+ Content History
Modifications
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Potential_Mitigations, Time_of_Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships
2009-03-10CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships
2011-03-29CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Name
2011-06-01CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences, Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings
2012-05-11CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings
2012-10-30CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Potential_Mitigations
2014-07-30CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings
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2011-03-29Information Leak Through Environmental Variables
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