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.
This week, I will be attending AppSec USA in Denver with the rest of our Sonatype crew. While it will be my first time attending the event, I am really excited to be leading a panel discussion at the event this Thursday. If you will be at the event, please come by the session or the Sonatype booth (G10) and say hello. So what’s the panel discussion about?
I was going to start off listing a series of what I think are easy questions that I reckon everyone in technology should be able to answer even if they are not or have never been involved with writing software. I gave this some serious thought and decided (perhaps a little arbitrarily) that, actually, I’m really only interested in one single question for now and that is ‘should software be tested’?
In part one of my blog, It’s Just the Way Software is Made, I discussed the realities of how software is made, the birth of agile development, and the advent of component-based software development. Today, we will drive down the software supply chain to understand where your software has really coming from. I’ll also discuss why it’s important for us to instill high quality standards and governance policies in our “parts” ecosystem.
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.
Enthusiasm for securing the software supply chain is growing in both conversation and practice. For the past year, Sonatype has called for a new approach to securing the software supply chain that gives organizations an opportunity to protect their business and their applications from hacker exploits — taking a frictionless approach built into the supply chain and software development lifecycle, as opposed to bolt-on solutions looking for vulnerabilities later in the development process.
You can’t get away from it. Thousands of open source components are being used in every industry, every day, to quickly build and deploy applications. For those not in the security industry, it’s hard to keep track of what is being done in this field to manage and monitor open source usage. This article is the first in a series where we will talk about open source in layman terms, identify how prevalent open source is in the modern development environment and how teams are approaching the management of such a multi-headed hydra.
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.
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)