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This Code of Conduct documents the expectations for users of VINCE and coordinated vulnerability disclosure processes lead by the CERT/CC.

The design of VINCE corresponds to having participants/reporters and vendors in closer comms.

The CERT/CC is no longer acting as email proxy and mailing list (approval) moderator.

We expect participants to be professional and respectful.

Disagreement is OK, personal jibes are not.

Participants can edit or delete their own messages.

CERT/CC can edit? or delete any messages.

We only expect to edit/delete/moderate when needed.

Portions of this document are adapted from


Harassment:  We define harassment as unwelcome or hostile behavior, including speech that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person's participation or opportunity for participation; verbal threats or demands; degrading language; intimidation; harassing photography, screen shots, or audio or video recording; inappropriate physical contact; sexual imagery; unwelcome sexual attention; stalking; unsolicited physical contact; and sustained disruption of the coordination process, including case handling workflows, presentations, and other events.

VINCE platform: the software service that the CERT/CC provides to enable its coordinated vulnerability disclosure practice.

VINCE user: any user of the VINCE platform, including CERT/CC analysts, researchers, vendors, and other participants.

CERT/CC analyst: individuals authorized to represent the CERT/CC within the VINCE platform.

VINCE Covenant Code of Conduct

We believe that successful vulnerability coordination requires an open exchange of ideas.

This exchange is only possible in an environment that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and where participants recognize the inherent worth of every person and group. 

We have adopted this code of conduct to define the behaviors we support (and don't support) in our vulnerability disclosure coordination practice.

Harassment is never appropriate.

We expect VINCE users to follow this code of conduct.

We expect offenders who are asked to stop their harassing behavior to comply immediately.

We do not tolerate any form of harassment or offensive behavior in the context of our coordinated vulnerability disclosure practice, which includes the VINCE platform.

If a VINCE user engages in harassing behavior, the offender may be suspended from further participation in the VINCE platform.

Our Pledge

We as VINCE users pledge to make participation in our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, visible or invisible disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

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We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to a positive environment for our community include:

  • Demonstrating empathy and kindness toward other people
  • Being respectful of differing opinions, viewpoints, and experiences
  • Giving and gracefully accepting constructive feedback
  • Accepting responsibility and apologizing to those affected by our mistakes, and learning from the experience
  • Focusing on what is best not just for us as individuals, but for the overall community

Examples of unacceptable behavior include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery, and sexual attention or advances of any kind
  • Trolling, insulting or derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or email address, without their explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting


This Code of Conduct applies across the VINCE platform, and also applies when an individual is officially representing the community in public spaces. Examples of representing our community include using an official e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event.



The CERT/CC is responsible for clarifying and enforcing our standards of acceptable behavior and will take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any behavior that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

CERT/CC analysts have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, and will communicate reasons for moderation decisions when appropriate. 

Reporting abuse

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported to the CERT/CC using the private message to CERT/CC mechanism within VINCE. (see also Communicating#PrivateMessage) All complaints will be reviewed and investigated promptly and fairly.

All CERT/CC analysts are obligated to respect the privacy and security of the reporter of any incident.


The CERT/CC will follow these Community Impact Guidelines in determining the consequences for any action they deem in violation of this Code of Conduct:

1. Correction

Community Impact: Use of inappropriate language or other behavior deemed unprofessional or unwelcome in the community.

Consequence: A private, written warning from the CERT/CC, providing clarity around the nature of the violation and an explanation of why the behavior was inappropriate.  Additionally, we may:

  • revise or remove an offending post or comment
  • request that a VINCE user revise an offending post or comment
  • request a public apology 

2. Warning

Community Impact: A violation through a single incident or series of actions.

Consequence: A warning with consequences for continued behavior. No interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, for a specified period of time. This includes avoiding interactions within the VINCE platform as well as external channels like social media. Violating these terms may lead to a temporary or permanent ban.

3. Temporary Ban

Community Impact: A serious violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior.

Consequence: A temporary ban from any sort of interaction or public communication with the community for a specified period of time. No public or private interaction with the people involved, including unsolicited interaction with those enforcing the Code of Conduct, is allowed during this period. Violating these terms may lead to a permanent ban.

4. Permanent Ban

Community Impact: Demonstrating a pattern of violation of community standards, including sustained inappropriate behavior, harassment of an individual, or aggression toward or disparagement of classes of individuals.

Consequence: A permanent ban from any sort of public interaction within the community.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 2.0, available at

Community Impact Guidelines were inspired by Mozilla's code of conduct enforcement ladder.

For answers to common questions about this code of conduct, see the FAQ at Translations are available at

Other references

  1. FIRST Ethics for Incident Response and Security Teams

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