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cve-search is a tool to import CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) and CPE (Common Platform Enumeration) into a MongoDB to facilitate search and processing of CVEs.

The main objective of the software is to avoid doing direct and public lookups into the public CVE databases. Local lookups are usually faster and you can limit your sensitive queries via the Internet.

cve-search includes a back-end to store vulnerabilities and related information, an intuitive web interface for search and managing vulnerabilities, a series of tools to query the system and a web API interface.

cve-search is used by many organizations including the public CVE services of CIRCL.

This document gives you basic information how to start with cve-search. For more information please refer to the documentation in the /doc folder of this project.

Getting started

Check the documentation to get you started


You can search the database using

./bin/ -p cisco:ios:12.4
./bin/ -p cisco:ios:12.4 -o json
./bin/ -f nagios -n
./bin/ -p microsoft:windows_7 -o html

If you want to search all the WebEx vulnerabilities and only printing the official references from the supplier.

./bin/ -p webex: -o csv  -v "cisco"

You can also dump the JSON for a specific CVE ID.

./bin/ -c CVE-2010-3333

Or dump the last 2 CVE entries in RSS or Atom format

./bin/ -f atom -l 2

Or you can use the webinterface.


Usage of the ranking database

There is a ranking database allowing to rank software vulnerabilities based on their common platform enumeration name. The ranking can be done per organization or department within your organization or any meaningful name for you.

As an example, you can add a partial CPE name like “sap:netweaver” which is very critical for your accounting department.

./sbin/  -c "sap:netweaver" -g "accounting" -r 3

and then you can lookup the ranking (-r option) for a specific CVE-ID:

./bin/ -c CVE-2012-4341  -r  -n

Advanced usage

As cve-search is based on a set of tools, it can be used and combined with standard Unix tools. If you ever wonder what are the top vendors using the term “unknown” for their vulnerabilities:

python3 bin/ -q unknown -f | jq -c '. | .vulnerable_configuration[0]' | cut -f5 -d: | sort  | uniq -c  | sort -nr | head -10

1500 oracle
381 sun
372 hp
232 google
208 ibm
126 mozilla
103 microsoft
100 adobe
 78 apple
 68 linux

You can compare CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System ) values of some products based on their CPE name. Like comparing oracle:java versus sun:jre and using R to make some statistics about their CVSS values:

python3 bin/ -p oracle:java -o json  | jq -r '.cvss' | Rscript -e 'summary(as.numeric(read.table(file("stdin"))[,1]))'
Min. 1st Qu.  Median    Mean 3rd Qu.    Max.
1.800   5.350   9.300   7.832  10.000  10.000

python3 bin/ -p sun:jre -o json  | jq -r '.cvss' | Rscript -e 'summary(as.numeric(read.table(file("stdin"))[,1]))'
Min. 1st Qu.  Median    Mean 3rd Qu.    Max.
0.000   5.000   7.500   7.333  10.000  10.000

Fulltext indexing

If you want to index all the CVEs from your current MongoDB collection:

./sbin/ -l 0

and you query the fulltext index (to get a list of matching CVE-ID):

./bin/ -q NFS -q Linux

or to query the fulltext index and output the JSON object for each CVE-ID:

./bin/ -q NFS -q Linux -f

Fulltext visualization

The fulltext indexer visualization is using the fulltext indexes to build a list of the most common keywords used in CVE. NLTK is required to generate the keywords with the most common English stopwords and lemmatize the output. NTLK for Python 3 exists but you need to use the alpha version of NLTK.


./bin/  -g -s >cve.json

cve-search visualization

You can see a visualization on the demo site.

Web interface

The web interface is a minimal interface to see the last CVE entries and query a specific CVE. You’ll need flask in order to run the website and Flask-PyMongo. To start the web interface:

cd ./web

Then you can connect on to browser the last CVE.

Web API interface

The web interface includes a minimal JSON API to get CVE by ID, by vendor or product. A public version of the API is also accessible on

List the know vendors in JSON


Dump the product of a specific vendor in JSON

  "product": [
  "vendor": "zyxel"

Find the associated vulnerabilities to a vendor and a product

[{"cwe": "CWE-352", "references": ["", "", "", ""], "vulnerable_configuration": ["cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw:_t1:v3"], "Published": "2014-06-16T14:55:09.713-04:00", "id": "CVE-2014-4162", "Modified": "2014-07-17T01:07:29.683-04:00", "cvss": 6.8, "summary": "Multiple cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities in the Zyxel P-660HW-T1 (v3) wireless router allow remote attackers to hijack the authentication of administrators for requests that change the (1) wifi password or (2) SSID via a request to Forms/WLAN_General_1."}, {"cwe": "CWE-20", "references": [""], "vulnerable_configuration": ["cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660h-63:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660h-t1:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660h-d3:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660h-t3:v2", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660h-t1:v2", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660h-d1:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660h-67:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660h-61:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_t3:v2", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_t3:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_d3:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_d1:v2", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_d1:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw:_t1:v2", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw:_t1:-"], "Published": "2014-04-01T23:58:16.967-04:00", "id": "CVE-2013-3588", "Modified": "2014-04-02T11:29:53.243-04:00", "cvss": 7.8, "summary": "The web management interface on Zyxel P660 devices allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (reboot) via a flood of TCP SYN packets."}, {"cwe": "CWE-79", "references": ["", "", ""], "vulnerable_configuration": ["cpe:/h:d-link:dsl-2640r:-", "cpe:/h:d-link:dsl-2641r:-", "cpe:/h:huawei:mt882:-", "cpe:/h:sitecom:wl-174:-", "cpe:/h:tp-link:td-8816:-", "cpe:/a:allegrosoft:rompager:4.07", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_d1:-"], "Published": "2014-01-16T14:55:04.607-05:00", "id": "CVE-2013-6786", "Modified": "2014-01-17T11:01:47.353-05:00", "cvss": 4.3, "summary": "Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Allegro RomPager before 4.51, as used on the ZyXEL P660HW-D1, Huawei MT882, Sitecom WL-174, TP-LINK TD-8816, and D-Link DSL-2640R and DSL-2641R, when the \"forbidden author header\" protection mechanism is bypassed, allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML by requesting a nonexistent URI in conjunction with a crafted HTTP Referer header that is not properly handled in a 404 page.  NOTE: there is no CVE for a \"URL redirection\" issue that some sources list separately."}, {"cwe": "CWE-79", "references": ["", "", ""], "vulnerable_configuration": ["cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_t3:v2", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw:_t1:v2", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_d1:v2", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_t3:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw:_t1:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_d3:-", "cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw_d1:-"], "Published": "2008-03-10T13:44:00.000-04:00", "id": "CVE-2008-1257", "Modified": "2012-05-31T00:00:00.000-04:00", "cvss": 4.3, "summary": "Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Forms/DiagGeneral_2 on the ZyXEL P-660HW series router allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the PingIPAddr parameter."}, {"id": "CVE-2008-1256", "references": ["", "", ""], "vulnerable_configuration": ["cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw"], "Published": "2008-03-10T13:44:00.000-04:00", "Modified": "2011-03-07T22:06:25.080-05:00", "cvss": 10.0, "summary": "The ZyXEL P-660HW series router has \"admin\" as its default password, which allows remote attackers to gain administrative access."}, {"cwe": "CWE-264", "references": ["", "", ""], "vulnerable_configuration": ["cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw"], "Published": "2008-03-10T13:44:00.000-04:00", "id": "CVE-2008-1255", "Modified": "2008-09-05T17:37:15.440-04:00", "cvss": 10.0, "summary": "The ZyXEL P-660HW series router maintains authentication state by IP address, which allows remote attackers to bypass authentication by establishing a session from a source IP address of a previously authenticated user."}, {"cwe": "CWE-352", "references": ["", "", ""], "vulnerable_configuration": ["cpe:/h:zyxel:p-660hw"], "Published": "2008-03-10T13:44:00.000-04:00", "id": "CVE-2008-1254", "Modified": "2008-09-05T17:37:15.287-04:00", "cvss": 6.8, "summary": "Multiple cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities on the ZyXEL P-660HW series router allow remote attackers to (1) change DNS servers and (2) add keywords to the \"bannedlist\" via unspecified vectors."}]

Software using cve-search

Docker versions

Official dockerized version of cve-search:


There are some unofficial dockerized versions of cve-search (which are not maintained by us):


You can find the changelog .


cve-search is free software released under the “GNU Affero General Public License v3.0”

Copyright (c) 2012 Wim Remes -
Copyright (c) 2012-2021 Alexandre Dulaunoy -
Copyright (c) 2015-2019 Pieter-Jan Moreels -
Copyright (c) 2020-2021 Paul Tikken -


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