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Common Platform Enumeration (CPE)


Common Platform Enumeration (CPE)

CPE is a structured naming scheme for IT systems, software, and packages. The naming scheme is based on the generic syntax of uniform resource identifiers (URI), and includes a formal name format that checks names against a system, as well as a description format for binding text to a name.

The CPE Product Dictionary (NIST) provides a publicly available agreed-upon list of official CPE names in XML format, hosted and maintained by NIST.

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