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A fault is

  1. a condition that causes a device or system component to fail to perform in a required manner.
  2. "[a] weakness of the system that allows someone to circumvent protective controls."[1]
1. A defect in a hardware device or component; for example, a short circuit or broken wire. 2. An incorrect step, process, or data definition in a computer program.[2]


  1. Auditing and Financial Management: Glossary of EDP Terminology, at 8.
  2. IEEE, IEEE Standard Glossary of Software Engineering Terminology (IEEE Std 610.12-1990) (1990) (full-text).