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.
Heartbleed has put the security community on notice: it is time to take a harder look at the security status of open source components and frameworks. After doing a little industry research on downloads from the (Maven) Central Repository, I’m sitting here with my jaw hanging open. Over 46 million Java-based open source components containing known vulnerabilities were downloaded from the Central Repository in 2013*.