The 2021 CWE™ Most Important Hardware Weaknesses is the first of its kind and the result of collaboration within the Hardware CWE Special Interest Group (SIG), a community forum for individuals representing organizations within hardware design, manufacturing, research, and security domains, as well as academia and government.
The goals for the 2021 Hardware List are to drive awareness of common hardware weaknesses through CWE, and to prevent hardware security issues at the source by educating designers and programmers on how to eliminate important mistakes early in the product development lifecycle. Security analysts and test engineers can use the list in preparing plans for security testing and evaluation. Hardware consumers could use the list to help them to ask for more secure hardware products from their suppliers.
Finally, managers and CIOs can use the list as a measuring stick of progress in their efforts to secure their hardware and ascertain where to direct resources to develop security tools or automation processes that mitigate a wide class of vulnerabilities by eliminating the underling root cause.
MITRE maintains the CWE web site with the support of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), presenting detailed descriptions of the 2021 Hardware List weaknesses along with authoritative guidance for mitigating and avoiding them. The CWE site contains data on more than 900 programming, design, and architecture weaknesses that can lead to exploitable vulnerabilities.