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A workaround (also spelled work-around) is a set of actions that network security managers or administrators can take to reduce their exposure to a particular, known software vulnerability.

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For example, a workaround may entail blocking traffic to or from certain ports; or disabling particular services which may carry a vulnerability.

Generally, workarounds are implemented if no patch is currently available. A workaround usually does not fix the underlying problem (unlike a patch) and often limits functionality within the IT resource.

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