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How Hackers Infiltrate Open Source Projects
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tdsan,
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6/29/2019 | 12:18:50 AM
Guidelines to updating software
And upon left-pad's un-publishing, those thousands upon thousands of applications stopped working.

This statement is the reason why open-source projects are installed with some level of caution. There are a few steps we take before installing it on production systems:
  • Create a test environment where the code is installed on a VM or container (1 to 1 relatoinship with product)
  • We test the software update and patch to ensure the system comes up after a reboot
  • Implement a PIT (Point-in-Time) copy process to roleback the application
  • Install different versions on test environments to ensure the patch works (utilize VMware thinapp or other application virtualization tools)
  • Schedule a time and review app information on a regular basis
  • Test the application by using an automated process

Todd
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RyanSepe,
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6/30/2019 | 8:31:57 AM
Re: Guidelines to updating software
Very true Todd. And yet I know many app developers that openly admit to using open-source libraries to develop their code. Why recreate the wheel? The big problem there is that the libraries could be harboring malicious code and then you've given the threat actor inside access into your environment.
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tdsan,
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6/30/2019 | 8:47:07 AM
Re: Guidelines to updating software
Then there needs to be a filtering or application scrubbing mechanism that catches these items, in addition, just as the article states, there needs to be more eyes on this practice where the line of code goes through a check (similar to way AV functions where it looks for potential threats in the line of code).
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:Vulnerability_Scanning_Tools

Click on the link, this provides a list of tools, some are free to the public. One scrubbing center I can think of is Akamai, F5 and Radware.

Todd


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