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Submitting a case

Once a reporter has submitted a vulnerability report, they will receive an email with the VRF# (Vulnerability Reporting Form Number) as an acknowledgment of receipt of the report. At this point, the submission is placed in the "Pending" state, shown by the "Pending" tag within the report. Reporters can view their submitted reports that are in the "Pending" state by clicking on "My Vulnerability Reports" in the left menu bar.

If the coordinators have questions for the reporter before accepting the case for coordination (while it is still in the "Pending" state), we can comment directly on the VRF# with our questions. When this happens, the reporter will get an email stating that there was an update to their vulnerability report. They will need to log into VINCE and check their vulnerability report for the update.

If a reporter wants to share more information with the coordinators while their case is still pending, they can add comments or files directly to the VRF#. To do this, they need to select the VRF# within the "My Vulnerability Reports" page and scroll below their report to find the comment box and file upload area.

Being notified of a case

If your organization is not yet added to any cases, you will see the following message on your Dashboard:

"Welcome to VINCE! We currently do not have any active cases involving your organization. You can submit a new vulnerability report or contact us about your membership."

Your organization will be notified when you are added to an open vulnerability case by receiving an email. You will also be able to view the case on your Dashboard when you log into VINCE under "Your active cases".

Getting added to a case

If you have been told about an existing vulnerability case from a group already involved and believe that you should also be involved, you can contact the coordinators to be added to the case. From the "Inbox", click the button "New Message" and choose "Request for Vendor Access to a Case" from the "Why are you contacting us?" dropdown.

Researchers are typically added to the case by default and should not need to explicitly request access. If you do need to request access, you should follow the same steps outlined above.

Participating in the case discussion

When you first join a case, you will see a banner at the top saying, "Reminder! The coordination of this case is subject to our Vulnerability Disclosure Policy." When sharing in the case discussion, all parties are expected to abide by the Rules of Engagement and the Vulnerability Disclosure Policy.

The right bar within the Case Discussion will show the coordinators, reporter(s), and vendor organization(s) that are included in the case. The coordinators will create a pinned post with relevant information that will stay at the top of the discussion, and those added to the case are able to create posts or reply to posts. To create a post,

Using the inbox

The inbox can be used if anyone involved needs to send a private message to the coordinators regarding a case or a variety of other topics. To send a message, go to the "Inbox" and click the "Private Message CERT/CC" button in the top right. Select the subject for your message from the drop-down menu, type your message, then click "Send". These messages can only be seen by members of the CERT Coordination Center. The Inbox cannot be used to message the reporter or other vendors in a case.

Uploading or downloading an attachment

All of the attachments on a case are available at the bottom of the right bar under the "Documents" section. To upload an attachment, click the "+Add file" button, choose a file, and then click "Upload". To download the attachment, ...

Giving a vendor statement

To provide a vendor statement that will be included in the final publication, please click the center box at the top of the Case Discussion. If this is the first time you are providing a vendor statement, the box will say "Action Required" and state the number of vulnerabilities

Reviewing a Vulnerability Note

Expected Date Public until there is a draft note

The coordinators will typically share the draft vulnerability note with those involved prior to publishing the case. To review the draft vulnerability note, click the box at the top right of the Case Discussion

Publishing a Vulnerability Note

vul note/disclosure - be aware of vul note, review draft, comment/feedback, update vendor status, be aware that vul note is published

from the vul note page...

Vulnerability Notes are the advisories CERT/CC publishes for most, but not all, cases.

be aware of new and Review vulnerability note

suggest changes/provide feedback

link to providing vendor status

know when published/updated

What parts of comms in vince remain unpublished, what is published

CVSS (FAQ), other stuff about vul notes

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