Imagine that you are designing the 2016 Range Rover line of sport utility vehicles. Like all gas powered vehicles, each one needs an exhaust muffler. Range Rover likely has narrowed in on a preferred provider of mufflers. But imagine what would happen if the designers and factory line workers could pick from any one of 27 past versions of that muffler from their preferred provider for the new model year.
Today I want to focus on the huge ecosystem of open source projects (“suppliers”) that feed a steady stream of innovative components into our software supply chains. In the Java ecosystem alone, there are now over 108,000 suppliers of open source components. Across all component types available to developers (e.g., RubyGems, NuGet, npm, Bower, PyPI, etc.), estimates now reach over 650,000 suppliers of open source projects.
In two minutes, we can show you a full software bill of materials for your application. We can also identify any known vulnerabilities in the open source and third-party components within your Java application. Oh, and by the way, it’s free. That’s right, at Sonatype, we could not be more in favor of the code […]
Deep in the heart of Texas, I was leading a panel discussion at the Lone Star Application Security Conference (LASCON) a few weeks ago. The panel was “talking turkey” the importance of application security and open source software development, when the conversation led to a discussion about software supply chains. One of the panelists remarked […]
Last week, CIO.com shared a story of an inflection point in application security. Lucian Constantin discussed how there needs to be a shift from manual open source risk analysis to more automated approaches. His article stated, “The notion of using manual audits, manual approvals and traditional governance to deal with that level of [open source […]
The Wake-up Call They had downloaded over 200,000 open source components in the past year. And their open source policy…the one established to protect against license risks and security vulnerabilities? It covered about 3% of them. This is how Nigel Simpson, Director of Architecture at a major media and entertainment company, described his organization’s “huge” […]
If you are in the midst of creating (or even planning to implement) an Open Source Governance Policy for your organization, then you’ll want to get to know Nigel Simpson. Nigel has been leading an enterprise-wide working group with over 40 members — at a really big entertainment and media company — to define his […]
I can honestly say that although referred to by the media as Shellshocked, I am neither shocked nor awed. I can’t say that I am a fan of the latest glorification of bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock in a fashion similar to tropical storms, but if it gets more people to pay attention to the exponential growth of our reliance on software I can’t say I am too worked up about it either. One thing that is unarguable is that this just happens to be the latest (and if you are reading this before you have patched stop right now, patch, and then come back to finish).
We led an invasion last week armed with a flying drone, glowing lightsabers, and the latest knowledge on open source security vulnerabilities. Our mission? Lead, share, educate, moderate, and have some fun. Our coordinates? This year’s AppSecUSA 2014 event in Denver, Colorado. If you were there, you couldn’t miss us. If you weren’t there, don’t fret…they caught the entire thing on video.
A skeleton key is capable of opening any lock regardless of make or type. Do you know anyone who has one? I do. Lots of them. At the HP Protect conference last week in Washington DC, the theme of their conference was “think like a bad guy”. They introduced us to known hackers, their approaches to infiltrating organizations, and the trends in their behaviors. They also introduced us to the people who hunted down the hackers and successfully captured them.