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VINCE has a number of capabilities that will guide you through the coordinated vulnerability disclosure process. This document should help you understand how to navigate the various pages that you will see as a vendor using VINCE. The following screens are valid for VINCE 1.0.0.



The VINCE Dashboard is the primary location to see active cases associated with your account or vendor.


The VINCE Inbox is where you can see messages related to your cases.



Clicking on a message within the VINCE Inbox will allow you to view and reply to the message thread.


Unread messages

When you have one or more unread messages in your Inbox, you will see an indicator along the left side of VINCE.


VINCE Cases is where you can view cases that are associated with your account or vendor. Each case, which is tracked with a VU# tracking number as CERT has always used, contains one or more related vulnerabilities that may affect your organization.

By default, you will only see active cases. These are the cases that the CERT/CC is actively working on. To view historic cases, you can adjust the Filter by status drop-down menu to control which cases you see.


Case discussion

Clicking on any particular case will bring you to the case discussion page that includes the case details:

Case details

View Original Report

The View Original Report box on the left can be used to view the original vulnerability report that was used to create the case.

Original report

Vendor Status

For any case that is being handled, the CERT/CC may add your vendor to be associated with the case. For each vulnerability associated with a case, you should indicate whether your organization is Affected or Not Affected and submit the responses accordingly.

For any case, a Vendor Statement can be provided by clicking the Action Required center box on the case discussion page which will bring you to this screen where you can provide a status and statement:

Vendor status

Vendor status approval

Once submitted, the CERT/CC will review the vendor status information before it is added to any case.

Case Discussion

For any case that you are involved in, you can view and add to the discussion regarding it. The parties on the right side of the screen will all see the discussion and future parties added to the case will see past discussion. In the example below, the parties involved in the discussion include the CERT/CC (the coordinator), Madison Oliver (the reporter), and XYZ Company (the vendor).

Case discussion

Private Message CERT/CC

If you wish to contact the CERT/CC regarding a case but do not want the other participants in the case to see the message, the Private Message CERT/CC button can be used:

Pressing this button will give you a page where you can send a direct message to the CERT/CC.

View Draft Vulnerability Note

The View the draft vulnerability note link on the right center section can be used to preview what the vulnerability note will look like when it is published.

My Contact Info

VINCE My Contact Info is where you can edit details about your contact information.

Edit Contact Info

Press Edit My Contact Info to enter or modify contact information for your account.

Here a user can edit the following pieces of information for their account:

  • Organization logo
  • Email lists
  • PGP keys
  • Location
  • Phone numbers
  • Website

For each attribute above, the Public? switch can be used to toggle whether this information is viewable by the public. Currently, this means that the information is viewable to other VINCE users, but in the future this information may be made public.

User Management

VINCE User Management can be used to manage the members of a vendor's contact list. If your account has not been determined to be the group administrator for the vendor you are associated with, you will not be able to perform any actions here. If you are the individual who should have administrative access over the vendor's user management, click the contact CERT/CC link to send a message to request this access.

Administrative User Management

If your administrator access level has been approved, you will see a screen similar to this:

Adding users

By clicking the Invite User button, a group administrator can invite new users to use VINCE as part of the vendor that is being managed, which is XYZ Company in this case.

My Vulnerability Reports

For most vendors using VINCE, the My Vulnerability Reports part of VINCE will not be used. This part of VINCE is used for vulnerabilities reported using your VINCE account. In other words, if you haven't reported a vulnerability using VINCE, then you should expect this part of VINCE to look like this:

Report a Vulnerability

If you have a vulnerability to report to the CERT/CC, you can use the Report a Vulnerability link.

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