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CWE, which stands for Common Weakness Enumeration, is a project sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division of the US Department of Homeland Security to classify security bugs. It assigns a unique number to weakness types such as buffer overruns or cross-site scripting bugs (for example, CWE- 327 is "Use of a Broken or Risky Cryptographic Algorithm"). Shortly after the Top 25 list's release, Microsoft unveiled a document entitled, "The Microsoft SDL and the CWE/SANS Top 25," to explain how Microsoft's security processes can help prevent the worst offenders (http://blogs.msdn.com/sdl/ archive/2009/01/27/sdl-and-the -cwe-sans-top-25. aspx).
Date of Publication: May-June 2009