glossary

Open Source

Generally, Open Source software is software that can be freely accessed, used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. Open source software is made by many people, and distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition.

Source: https://opensource.org/faq#osd

vulnerability

A vulnerability /ˌvʌlnərəˈbɪləti/ is a weakness in a system that allows a threat source to compromise its security. It can be a software, hardware, procedural, or human weakness that can be exploited. A vulnerability may be a service running on a server, unpatched applications or operating systems, an unrestricted wireless access point, an open port on a firewall, lax physical security that allows anyone to enter a server room, or unenforced password management on servers and workstations.

Source: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 8th Edition, 2018, by Shon Harris, Fernando Maymi, page 6

VA
Vulnerability Assessment

A vulnerability assessment identifies a wide range of vulnerabilities in the environment. This is commonly carried out through a scanning tool. The idea is to identify any vulnerabilities that potentially could be used to compromise the security of our systems. By contrast, in a penetration test, the security professional exploits one or more vulnerabilities to prove to the customer (or your boss) that a hacker can actually gain access to company resources.

Source: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 8th Edition, 2018, by Shon Harris, Fernando Maymi, page 878