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GitHub Becomes CVE Numbering Authority, Acquires Semmle

Latest moves will make it much more likely that vulnerabilities in open source projects will be found and reported, GitHub says.

GitHub, the popular code repository, is becoming a CVE Numbering Authority and acquiring Semmle, a code-analysis engine that will be available to all public repositories and enterprise customers.

As a CVE Numbering Authority, GitHub can assign a CVE ID, post to the CVE List, and then post to the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) on behalf of a developer. According to a blog post announcing its news, GitHub said it expects the combination of Semmle code scanning and CVE number assignment will make it much more likely that vulnerabilities in open source projects will be found and reported.

Semmle reports that more than 100 open source CVEs have already been identified using its semantic code analysis system. GitHub hosted 100 million repositories as of August.

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