A program or technique that takes advantage of a vulnerability to remotely access or attack a program, computer or server.
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An exploit is an object - a program, a section of code, even a string of characters - that takes advantage of a vulnerability in a program or operating system to perform unauthorized actions.
An exploit is almost always used in a malicious context. If successfully used, exploits can provide an attacker with a wide range of possible actions, from viewing data on a restricted-user database to almost complete control of a compromised system.
For examples of exploits on various platfoms, see the following: