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CWE CATEGORY: Privilege / Sandbox Issues

Category ID: 265
Status: Incomplete
+ Summary
Weaknesses in this category occur with improper enforcement of sandbox environments, or the improper handling, assignment, or management of privileges.
+ Notes


This can strongly overlap authorization errors.

Research Gap

Many of the following concepts require deeper study. Most privilege problems are not classified at such a low level of detail, and terminology is very sparse. Certain classes of software, such as web browsers and software bug trackers, provide a rich set of examples for further research. Operating systems have matured to the point that these kinds of weaknesses are rare, but finer-grained models for privileges, capabilities, or roles might introduce subtler issues.


A sandbox could be regarded as an explicitly defined sphere of control, in that the sandbox only defines a limited set of behaviors, which can only access a limited set of resources.


It could be argued that any privilege problem occurs within the context of a sandbox.
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
Modification DateModifierOrganization
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Description, Relationships, Relationship_Notes, Taxonomy_Mappings, Theoretical_Notes
2008-10-14CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Description, Research_Gaps, Theoretical_Notes
2009-12-28CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Potential_Mitigations
2010-06-21CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Potential_Mitigations
2011-03-29CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Relationships
2012-10-30CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Potential_Mitigations
2014-07-30CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Detection_Factors
2017-11-08CWE Content TeamMITRE
updated Detection_Factors, Potential_Mitigations, Relationships

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