Exploits Simply Explained

exploits explaination

As always, simple points are here :
  • Exploit means a defined way to breach an IT system's security through vulnerability.
  • Exploits are the programs which make use of a vulnerability to gain unauthorized access.
  • Exploits are widely used by hackers around the world to deface web servers and web applications.

According to wikipedia,
"An exploit is a piece of software, a chunk of data, or a sequence of commands that takes advantage of a bug, glitch or vulnerability in order to cause unintended or unanticipated behavior to occur on computer software, hardware, or something electronic."

Exploit can occur over a LAN and Internet. Most common exploits are buffer overflow, password cracking and session hijacking. A hacker can use a vulnerability to take control over the systems using the exploits.

Exploit writing is also a whole new level of work. An experienced hacker can easily write an exploit for various vulnerabilities.  Black hat hackers makes lots of money from selling zero day exploits to individuals or organizations.

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