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New Bucks For Bugs Program Focuses On Open-Source Software, Internet Infrastructure
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11/9/2013 | 3:04:58 PM
re: New Bucks For Bugs Program Focuses On Open-Source Software, Internet Infrastructure
Actually, from all that I have read, open source has similar rate of defects compared to commercial software, and is actually fixed faster by the respective community. The problem for most developers is that unless you sign up to a service that would proactively alert you, you will likely not know of the new vulnerability, and therefore will not fix.

Before we added such service to White Source, almost all our customers told us that no one is tasked with continuously monitoring the various web-based databases for new vulnerabilities that are discovered and that affect code used in their product. So they would not know, even if these would be discovered, and hence they wont fix....

Dont get me wrong. Its great to put more power behind the discovery, but the dissemination of information is where things get complicated. Its also not trivial to (automatically) match a CVE to a specific open source library.


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