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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday June 18 2017, @06:57AM   Printer-friendly
from the token-effort dept.

Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard

We are all aware of the risks introduced by good old third party code. Where would we be without it? Apparently not very far. It is estimated that between 30 to 70 percent of code comes from 3rd party applications. This is why we patch up old libraries and update open source packages.

While the risks of 3rd party code are well known, the risks of using 3rd party containers are more obscure. In this article I will discuss one such risk: the introduction of 3rd party secrets; and look at examples from public registries.

To get a taste of the prevalence of such secrets, we scanned the top 1,000 most popular container images found on public registries. We were not only looking for default passwords, but mostly for less obvious examples of secrets. We selected only the latest images, from the top starred public repositories. What we found convinced us that the risk is very real, as 67% of images had at least one form of a secret.


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by c0lo on Sunday June 18 2017, @10:02AM (2 children)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 18 2017, @10:02AM (#527411) Journal

    I once found something resembling two illegal aliens; big eyes, wrinkled mummified faces, looked like they were from the fringes of Andromeda.
    Turned out they actually were 2 CIA agents, one Finnish the other Peruvian, taken by surprise in that container by the last Ice Age; they couldn’t get out fast enough when the cloud froze and their CDN node went down.

    That's why I say, stay away from the containers folks, you never know when you'll find yourself secretly trapped in one, unable to route around censorship.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by inertnet on Sunday June 18 2017, @10:30AM (1 child)

    by inertnet (4071) on Sunday June 18 2017, @10:30AM (#527420) Journal

    Censorship? I thought it was a container ship.

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Sunday June 18 2017, @10:39AM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 18 2017, @10:39AM (#527421) Journal

      If it wouldn't be for the 2 CIA agents, I'd be tempted to sea her your way; but this was definitely a censor ship and I'm not sure an inert net can deal properly with such circumstances.