How Your Software Is Like a Car: It’s Just the Way Software is Made


April 17, 2014 By
Wayne Jackson
Automobile Supply Chain

Just like automobile manufacturers, software “manufacturers” need to apply supply chain management principles for both efficiency and quality. They need to be prepared to conduct a rapid and comprehensive “recall” when a defect is found. And today’s modern development practices make this, well, challenging to say the least.

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2,600 Take Our “Achy Breaky Heartbleed” Survey


April 15, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
The affects of heartbleed on open source development survey

It turns out, our timing could not have been better. As bad fortune would have it, or perhaps it was luck, the Heartbleed bug was announced on April 7th and the notice went viral almost immediately. During that first week of April (pre-Heartbleed notice), we had over 1,500 participants in the survey. Post-heartbleed, we have had another 1,100+ participate.

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Are we doing enough to prevent future “bleeding hearts”?


April 11, 2014 By
Wayne Jackson
Heartbleed Bug

As the HeartBleed bug wreaked havoc on the internet over the past few days, we at Sonatype began thinking about the lessons learned from this recent scare and how, collectively, we can develop a process for mitigating the next major exposure.

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DevOps: The Last Great Hope for Application Security?


April 8, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
DevOps: The Last Great Hope of Application Security?

Once upon a time, there was a great battle between speed and security. Development wanted to go fast. But, security wanted to slow down and be safe. For years, they endured the pain of testing late in the lifecycle, sorting through reams of false positive reports, and dealing with the added cost of pushing bad software out the door. They knew there had to be a better way…

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Code Snippet Scanning: Is it Really Needed Anymore?


April 4, 2014 By
Brian Fox
Code Snippet

Code snippet scanning is a common question we get from prospects. We typically try to dig at why the prospect actually thinks they need snippet matching. We think this comes from mis-informed demand. To create conversation with the masses on this topic, I’ve shared my perspective so you have a complete picture of the risk and cost of code snippet scanning.

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2014 Open Source Development Survey: Making Results Matter


April 1, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
mindstorm

Want to win a programmable LEGO robot? Share your voice in this year’s survey. The real intent of the Open Source Development Survey is to SPARK DISCUSSION. Remember, it’s not the stats that count…it’s the value of the discussions that follow that make this survey so important. So take 5 minutes and take the survey. (it takes less than 5 minutes, we promise)

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A Home for the Central Repository


March 20, 2014 By
Manfred Moser
The Central Repository

Since its inception in 2002, the Central Repository has grown to be the largest component repository of Java and other JVM, Android, related components and beyond. It is the default repository for Apache Maven, sbt and Leiningen, and it can easily be used from Gradle, Apache Ivy and others. The Central Repository has become the […]

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Open Source Observations from RSA


March 19, 2014 By
Karen Gardner
Open Source Review Boards

Wow – have 2 weeks already passed since RSA? Before we get too far out from the event, I thought I’d share a few observations … At an event covering Security of all types, where Application Security as a very small subset and Open Source Security is an even smaller subset – I was impressed […]

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An Open Discussion on Open Source Review Boards


March 17, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Bruce Mayhew on Open Source Review Boards

The recent FS-ISAC whitepaper, “Appropriate Software Security Control Types for Third Party Service and Product Providers”, reveals the majority of internal software applications created by financial services involve acquiring open source components and libraries to augment custom developed software. While open source code is freely available and reviewed by many independent developers, that review effort does not translate into all software components and libraries being free from risk.

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