CWE-345 : Insufficient Verification of Data Authenticity
The product does not sufficiently verify the origin or authenticity of data, in a way that causes it to accept invalid data.
Created: 2006-07-19 Updated: 2024-02-29 Source: https://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/345.html
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