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I'm running across this more and more. Prospective client gives access (w/o NDA) to (relatively) secure solution for the purpose of generating a project specification and project estimate. Usually the SOP is some add-on module or feature enhancement - in other words, not a major overhaul of the current solution. In the due diligence, security holes are discovered, to varying degrees of insecurity. This really becomes an awkward situation when the current solution is provided by a third party OEM and leased by the client. To make matters worse, the prospective client decides NOT to proceed with the project so there is no financial benefit to giving away consulting services. Options are: A: Do not notify the prospective client their solution is insecure and move on. B: Notify the client their solution is insecure even though they are not the code authors and can't fix it without contacting the vendor. C: Notify the vendor they have insecure code even though there is no financial incentive to do so - and likely violates terms and conditions for the client. D: Sell the exploit knowledge on some hacker forum... ( just kidding, this IS NOT really an option - toungue and cheek people... ). There are plenty of recent cases in the news where dudes hacking systems (usually without permission) but without nefarious/malicious intent, have been arrested and charged. For example, last months airline hack... http://thehackernews.com/2015/05/fbi-plane-hacking.html What'd Ya Think?