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Reporting Vulnerabilities

To add an advisory to the RustSec database, open a Pull Request against this repository containing the new advisory:

  1. Create a file named RUSTSEC-0000-0000.toml in the crates/<yourcratename> subdirectory of this repository (you may need to create it if it doesn't exist)
  2. Copy and paste the TOML advisory template from the file in this repo. Delete the comments and additional whitespace, and fill it out with the details of the advisory.
  3. Open a Pull Request. After being reviewed your advisory will be assigned a RUSTSEC-* advisory identifier and be published to the database.
  4. (Optional, but recommended) Request a CVE for your vulnerability:


RustSec is a database of security vulnerabilities. The following are examples of qualifying vulnerabilities:

  • Code Execution (i.e. RCE)
  • Memory Corruption
  • Privilege Escalation (either at OS level or inside of an app/library)
  • File Disclosure / Directory Traversal
  • Web Security (e.g. XSS, CSRF)
  • Format Injection, e.g. shell escaping, SQL injection (and also XSS)
  • Cryptography Failure (e.g. confidentiality breakage, integrity breakage, key leakage)
  • Covert Channels (e.g. Spectre, Meltdown)
  • Panics in code advertised as "panic-free" (particularly if useful for network DoS attacks)

When in doubt, please open a PR.


Q: Do I need to be owner of a crate to file an advisory?

A: No, anyone can file an advisory against any crate. The legitimacy of vulnerabilities will be determined prior to merging. If a vulnerability turns out to be fake it will be removed from the database.

Q: Can I file an advisory without creating a pull request?

A: Yes, instead of creating a full advisory yourself you can also open an issue on the advisory-db repo or email information about the vulnerability to

Q: Does this project have a GPG key or other means of handling embargoed vulnerabilities?

A: We do not presently handle embargoed vulnerabilities. Please ensure embargoes have been lifted and details have been disclosed to the public prior to filing them against RustSec.