Vulnerability Disclosure Policy

1. Purpose and application

1.1. Purpose

LOD is committed to protecting the confidentiality and integrity of its digital platforms. Please read this vulnerability disclosure policy fully before you report a vulnerability and always act in accordance with it.

We value those who take the time and effort to report security vulnerabilities according to this policy. However, we do not offer monetary rewards for vulnerability disclosures.

1.2. Application

This vulnerability disclosure policy applies to any vulnerabilities you, being a person who is not an employee or authorised agent of LOD, are considering reporting to us.

2. Policy Statement

2.1. Reporting

If you believe you have found a security vulnerability, please submit your report to us using the following email: security@lodlaw.com.

In your report, please include details of:

  • The website, IP or page where the vulnerability can be observed.
  • A brief description of the type of vulnerability, for example; “XSS vulnerability”.
  • Steps to reproduce. These should be a benign, non-destructive, proof of concept. This helps to ensure that the report can be triaged quickly and accurately. It also reduces the likelihood of duplicate reports, or malicious exploitation of some vulnerabilities, such as sub-domain takeovers.

2.2. What to expect

After you have submitted your report, we will make every effort to respond to your report in a timely manner. We’ll also aim to keep you informed of our progress.

Priority for remediation is assessed by looking at the impact, severity and exploit complexity. Vulnerability reports might take some time to triage or address. You are welcome to enquire on the status but should avoid doing so more than once every 30 days. This allows our teams to focus on the remediation.

We will notify you when the reported vulnerability is remediated, and you may be invited to confirm that the solution covers the vulnerability adequately.

Once your vulnerability has been resolved, we welcome requests to disclose your report. We’d like to unify guidance to affected users, so please do continue to coordinate public release with us.

2.3. Guidance

You must not:

  • Break any applicable law or regulations.
  • Access unnecessary, excessive or significant amounts of data.
  • Modify data in our systems or services.
  • Use high-intensity, invasive or destructive scanning tools to find vulnerabilities.
  • Attempt or report any form of denial of service, e.g. overwhelming a service with a high volume of requests.
  • Disrupt our services or systems.
  • Submit reports detailing non-exploitable vulnerabilities, or reports indicating that the services do not fully align with “best practice”, for example missing security headers.
  • Submit reports detailing TLS configuration weaknesses, for example “weak” cipher suite support or the presence of TLS1.0 support.
  • Communicate any vulnerabilities or associated details other than by means described in the published security.txt.
  • Social engineer, ‘phish’ or physically attack our staff or infrastructure.
  • Demand financial compensation in order to disclose any vulnerabilities.

You must:

  • Always comply with data protection legislation and must not violate the privacy of our users, staff, contractors, services or systems. You must not, for example, share, redistribute or fail to properly secure data retrieved from the systems or services.
  • Securely delete all data retrieved during your research as soon as it is no longer required or within 1 month of the vulnerability being resolved, whichever occurs first (or as otherwise required by data protection law).

2.4. No Authorisation

This policy is designed to be compatible with common vulnerability disclosure good practice. It does not give you permission to act in any manner that is inconsistent with the law, or which might cause LOD to be in breach of any legal obligations.