- The definition of an exploit is a heroic act or an act worthy of praise.
An example of exploit is a journey to the top of a large mountain.
- Exploit is defined as to use someone or something to achieve one's own purposes.
An example of exploit is to pretend to befriend an intelligent student in class for the sole purpose of copying his homework.
Origin of exploitMiddle English and Old French esploit, an exploit, action from Classical Latin explicitum, neuter past participle of explicare: see explicate
- to make use of; turn to account; utilize productively
- to make unethical use of for one's own advantage or profit; specif., to make profit from the labor of (others) without giving a just return
- to stir up interest in or promote, as in advertising: to exploit a new product
- An act or deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one. See Synonyms at feat1.
- Computers A program or system designed to take advantage of a particular error or security vulnerability in computers or networks.
transitive verbex·ploit·ed, ex·ploit·ing, ex·ploits
- To employ to the greatest possible advantage: exploit one's talents.
- To make use of selfishly or unethically: a corporation that exploited peasant labor.
Origin of exploitMiddle English from Old French esploit from Latin explicitum neuter past participle of explicāre to unfold ; see explicate .
- ex·ploit′a·tive ex·ploit′ive
- ex·ploit′a·tive·ly ex·ploit′ive·ly
(third-person singular simple present exploits, present participle exploiting, simple past and past participle exploited)
- To use for one’s own advantage.
From Old French esploit (noun), esploitier (verb).
exploit - Computer Definition
A software program taking advantage of vulnerabilities in software. An exploit can be used by crackers for breaking security or for otherwise attacking a host over the network.
During the second week of May 2005, crackers shut down Japan’s major price-comparison Website, Kaku.com Inc. After investigating the cause, the company discovered alterations in its software programs and a virus that, company officials feared, may have been transmitted to some users’ computers. The online company said that it would likely lose 40 million yen in revenue as a result of the exploit.
Shimbun, A. Websites Get Costly Lesson in Security. [Online, May 18, 2005.] The Asahi Shimbun Company Website. http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/ TKY200505180108.html; Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, 2004.] Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.