A Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVE) identifier is a unique number assigned to publicly known software vulnerabilities. It follows the format:
CVE + year + at least 4 sequence number digits
Vendors and researchers alike consider CVE identifiers as standard for identifying vulnerabilities. For example, CVE-2014-0160 is the CVE ID for the vulnerability commonly known as Heartbleed.
Synonyms: CVE names, CVE IDs, CVE numbers, CVEs, vulnerability identifier