"Normally, in the Linux world, the way we respond to knowledge of a specific vulnerability is to patch the problem rather than scan for exploits" Our editor's point here is key. It is hopeless to "enumerate badness" (e.g. http://www.ranum.com/security/computer_security/editorial... ) Scanning for exploits is always going to be a lost cause - viz windows security and the ineffectiveness of the whole anti-malware industry. However, as suggested, there are a few situations where the mechanism might be temporarily useful.
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