Zeroday Emergency Response Team

Zeroday Emergency Response Team

In computer security, the Zeroday Emergency Response Team (ZERT) is a group of volunteer security researchers who produce emergency patches for zero day attack vulnerabilities in proprietary software. They came to public notice in late September 2006 with a patch for that month's Vector Markup Language vulnerability before Microsoft, later producing a patch for older versions of Microsoft Windows which are no longer supported by Microsoft.

The team includes several members prominent in antivirus and network security work.

Their manifesto states: "ZERT members work together as a team to release a non-vendor patch when a so-called "0day" (zero-day) exploit appears in the open which poses a serious risk to the public, to the infrastructure of the Internet or both. The purpose of ZERT is not to "crack" products, but rather to "uncrack" them by averting security vulnerabilities in them before they can be widely exploited."

References

* [http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2019162,00.asp Zero-Day Response Team Launches with Emergency IE Patch] (Ryan Naraine, eWeek, 22 September 2006)
* [http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2022670,00.asp ZERT Patches Out-of-Support Windows OS] (Ryan Naraine, eWeek, 29 September 2006)

External links

* [http://isotf.org/zert/ Home page]


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