Category Archives: Everything Open Source

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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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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The Tipping Point: Human Speed vs. Machine Speed


March 5, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Component Downloads

What can the financial services industry learn from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security? In this third segment of my blog series on open source component security as it relates to the recently updated Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) guidelines, I explore the need for speed: humans vs. machines.

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Secure From the Start: Combining Open Source Policies, Practice & Tools


February 26, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Securing from the Start

In short, open source security can’t be an after thought. Security isn’t only the responsibility of ‘security professionals’ but instead a shared responsibility for all parties involved in developing or managing an organization’s software supply chain. Better put in the FS-ISAC guidelines…

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Financial Services Organizations have Open Eyes on Open Source


February 20, 2014 By
Derek Weeks
Open Eyes on Open Source

Let me open your eyes to a tidal wave of change that has already flooded the development organizations across Financial Services and other industries: “Software applications are no longer coded from scratch. They are assembled from building blocks — commonly known as open source components.” This is not a prediction about a tidal wave to […]

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