Insecure Default Initialization of Resource

The software initializes or sets a resource with a default that is intended to be changed by the administrator, but the default is not secure.


Developers often choose default values that leave the software as open and easy to use as possible out-of-the-box, under the assumption that the administrator can (or should) change the default value. However, this ease-of-use comes at a cost when the default is insecure and the administrator does not change it.

See Also

Initialization and Cleanup Errors

Weaknesses in this category occur in behaviors that are used for initialization and breakdown.

Resource Management Errors

Weaknesses in this category are related to improper management of system resources.

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