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How to write and submit a good report

An overview of all the vital information you should include

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Written by Inti
Updated over a week ago

The most important factor to consider before starting the process of submitting a report is to make sure to have read and understood the scope, respect it, and read it again for good measure. This is in place to provide safe harbour for researchers while participating in ethical hacking activities within the program rules.

We digress; when writing up a report, be sure to provide clear and concise information to determine the steps to take in which the vulnerability can be reproduced.

The Intigriti platform has the following required fields which are needed to submit a report.

In order to submit reports:

1. Locate and open the chosen program

Figure 1.1 Screenshot of the selected program to be opened

2. Check the program details for recent updates or changes before proceeding

3. Click on Create Submission to progress to a new draft

Figure 1.2 Screenshot of creating submission on the program detail page

4. Please write your detailed report in English as a preferred language unless otherwise expressly mentioned within the program details

5. Provide a Submission Title for the draft being created

Figure 1.3 Screenshot of the submission title field

6. Select the relevant Domain in which the testing was performed

Figure 1.4 Screenshot of options of domains where tests were performed

7. Provide the Endpoint where the vulnerable component can be found (Optional/But Recommended)

8. Select the Type of vulnerability found from the provided options

Figure 1.5 Screenshot of where vulnerable endpoint was found and type of vulnerability found

Figure 1.6 Screenshot of CVSS calculator

While it is always recommended to use the CVSS calculator, a manual severity selector is also available.

Figure 1.7 Screenshot of manual severity selector

10. All information necessary to reproduce the vulnerability should be written in the report, images can be used as guidance, but should not be required to understand and reproduce the submission. Of course, there might be exceptions. While writing your report, remember: โ€œCan my report be printed on a sheet of paper and still be understood?โ€œ. Was the answer to this question yes? Good job! If not, try to modify your report until the answer is yes

11. Only include attachments as additional evidence, i.e., screenshots to show better the steps taken towards finding the vulnerability. We cannot guarantee that we can compress all files/images/formats, so in that case, we would suggest zip images/files and uploading the zip files instead, as some particular file formats have specific size limits.

  • 10 MB for PNG / JPG / GIF files

  • 1 GB for all other files
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Does the Triager need to make a certain POST request to reproduce your finding? Copy-paste this request into your report (and redact the cookies/authorization token) or explain how the Triager could find this POST request themselves via the web application. One thing to avoid here is to add a screenshot of the POST request. This makes it harder for the Triager to reproduce as they would need to type out the entire request manually

Figure 1.8 Screenshot of detail section to provide snapshots and proof of concept

12. Express the explicit security Impact the vulnerability may leave this company susceptible to and why it is that important

Figure 1.9 Screenshot of the impact field

13. Offer a Recommended solution of action to remedy the vulnerability (Optional)

14. Include an IP address used during testing to allow the customer to match against their logs in order to validate the test (Optional/But Recommended)

15. Select Next to proceed

Figure 1.10 Screenshot of recommended solution and IP address used while tested

16. Final chance to review the report before selecting submit submission

Figure 1.11 Screenshot of submit submission button

17. Congratulations! Submission successfully created

Figure 1.12 Screenshot of the flag showing submission successfully created

From this point the Submission will be Triaged, if verified it then moves on to the customer to make the final decision.

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