BitTorrent Protocol Abuses

Date Added: Jul 2009
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The BitTorrent protocol is now 7 years old. The protocol has become wildly successful in a very short period of time, but with this success comes growing pains. The protocol originally envisioned by Bram Cohen is fairly secure. Vulnerabilities have been introduced by people trying to do things with the protocol that it was never meant to do. BitTorrent was never meant to be an exclusive protocol; however private BitTorrent networks are increasing in popularity. Most vulnerability can be identified by a Common Vulnerability and Exposure (CVE) number. Currently there are 36,976 vulnerabilities classified by this system. Most CVE numbers fall into specific categories and given a Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) number. For instance, all SQL Injection Vulnerabilities are classified by CWE-89.