Vulnerability disclosure is about the publication of security vulnerabilities in the hardware and software of computers
and computer programs in order to put pressure on the respective manufacturers. The handling and publication of security vulnerabilities are extremely problematic. The software and hardware manufacturers rely on secrecy, at least until the manufacturers have developed a solution with which the security gap can be closed. Even the statement that the security holes were discovered by hackers should be refrained from, because this would make other hackers active
. The public disclosure of security holes was only practiced after internal hints by security experts did not receive the appropriate attention and were often ignored.
In order to prevent publication, the specialists were often even subjected to lawsuits and waves of complaints. Some software and hardware manufacturers tended to characterize such vulnerabilities as conceivable but impractical. For these reasons, some manufacturers joined forces and created the Vulnerability Disclosure.