Exploit

Pertains to (1) a type of malware programmed to take advantage of a software bug or vulnerability on a system in order to compromise it and allow the exploit’s creator or proponent to take control of it; (2) the act of successfully taking over a system by taking advantage of certain software vulnerabilities installed on it. A collection of exploits is called an “exploit kit.”

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