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Secure Code: You Are the Solution to Open Sources Biggest Problem
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Jon M. Kelley
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Jon M. Kelley,
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6/26/2018 | 10:26:31 AM
use of open source lowers costs and speeds development both critical in today's agile software world.
There are many tools available that will look for and report on open source vulnerabilities in your code base.  Features among the tools differ, as does cost (e.g. free from OWASP[.]org, or for fee at BlackDuck).  The problem for many SW developers is that they have no budget for making old existing developed code secure, and a tight budget for securing newly developed addons.  Many of these companies don't see "Unpatched software vulnerabilities" as a threat, but instead see the researchers that find the vulnerabilities to be the threat, and promote laws that resrict even looking for vulnerabilities.  I guess that for Wall Street, it's still true that successful companies never look ahead more than a quarter. 
timintech
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6/27/2018 | 10:24:43 AM
Re: use of open source lowers costs and speeds development both critical in today's agile software world.
Fair points on the cost spectrum and development budgets, but I recall a time when performing even basic security assessments like static tests and BVT operations were considered expensive activities. We collectively learned that security needed to be part of software development process, and course corrected. With open source components making up a significant portion of modern codebases, understanding the risks present in those components/libraries needs to be part of the overall budget. After all, software shouldn't go out the door without a clear understanding of any latent vulnerabilities, regardless of source!

Personally, I'd like to see more companies taking continuous security monitoring to the next level and being proactive about security commnication and patch delivery for all software they produce. We can't wait for an attack to patch, but should be ensuring beachheads can't be created through inattention.

-tim

 

 


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