Out of interest, If I purposely try and find bugs/vulnerabilities in the site, is that permitted/encouraged/discouraged? I haven't found any, but occasionally I run out of things to do so a live system would be interesting to poke at. Thanks.


If you mean Stack Exchange, then no - it would be illegal in many countries, and you could expect all manner of problems if you tried it.

From this earlier query by @AviD on the topic, we got the official SE response:

Sorry, we've discussed this internally and it's not something we (Stack Exchange) can sanction. In addition to the legal ramifications, we're not comfortable with encouraging attacks on systems with people's private information.

  • Alright, that's fine. what happens if i come across some kind of vulnerability/bug? Does that get posted up in here then?
    – NULLZ
    Apr 17 '13 at 23:28
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    @D3C4FF I wouldn't post it on Meta - email it to SE. Again, these servers have personal info on them - don't post a way to get to it on Meta!
    – Undo
    Apr 19 '13 at 13:58

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