‘str0ke’, one of the leaders of the ex-hacking group ‘milw0rm‘, that split up in 1998, started a public exploit archive in early 2004. He chose to do so when ‘FrSIRT’ (another exploit source) changed into a private, paid source (which in 2008 became VUPEN). Over the years, milw0rm became a trusted source of knowledge as all the exploits were being verified before they were added. As the site grew in popularity, so did the number of submissions and along with them, the work created for str0ke.
“str0ke” 是前黑客组织 “milw0rm” 的领导人之一，他1998年离开“milw0rm”，于2004年初开始从事公共漏洞利用档案，他选择这样做 当‘FrSIRT’（另一个漏洞利用源）变为私有的，付费的源（在2008年成为VUPEN）。过去的几年里，‘milw0rm‘成为了一个值得信赖的知识源，因为所有的漏洞利用在被添加之前都经过了验证。随着网站越来越受欢迎，提交的数量和他们一起，工作创造了str0ke。
“str0ke” 是前黑客组织 “milw0rm” 的领导人之一，该组织于1998年分裂，于2004年初开始开始公共漏洞利用档案的研发，他选择这样做的时候，正是 当‘FrSIRT’（另一个漏洞利用源）变为私有的，付费的源（在2008年成为了VUPEN）之时多年来，‘milw0rm‘成为了一个值得信赖的知识源，因为所有的漏洞利用在被添加之前都经过了验证。随着网站越来越受欢迎，提交的数量和他们的作品数量也越来越多，这是str0ke的作品。
On 8th July 2009, str0ke announced the site would be closing down. However, due to overwhelming demand from the community, the next day he publicly stated the project would continue for the time being, until he was able to hand off the project to someone else. The group he handed the database to was Offensive Security. This was reported publicly on the 4th November 2009 (This was revealed ahead of time to help stop some of the rumours being spread). The handover went live on the 16th November 2009. The domain, ‘exploit-db.com’, was setup on the 17th November 2009, where it still continues today. Milw0rm did not accept any updates after September 2009 and closed its doors for good at some stage in late 2010.
Exploit-DB has kept the idea of milw0rm alive, by accepting submissions and verifying the content. The members have changed over the years, however it is currently looked after by: