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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday May 16 2020, @09:42AM   Printer-friendly
from the vet-your-libraries dept.

Nine in ten biz applications harbor out-of-date, unsupported, insecure open-source code, study shows:

Ninety-one per cent of commercial applications include outdated or abandoned open source components, underscoring the potential vulnerability of organizations using untended code, according to a software review.

Synopsys, a California-based design automation biz, conducted an audit of 1,253 commercial codebases in 17 industries for its 2020 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis report.

It found that almost all (99 per cent) of the codebases examined have at least one open source component and that 70 per cent of the code overall is open source. That's about twice as much as the company's 2015 report, which found only 36 per cent of audited code was open source.

Good news then, open source code has become more important to organizations, but its risks have followed, exemplified by vulnerabilities like the 2014 Heartbleed memory disclosure bug and Apache Struts flaws identified in 2017 and 2018.

Ninety-one percent of the audited applications had components that are either four years out of date or have exhibited no active development for two years. In 2019 – the time-period covered by the 2020 report – the percentage of codebases containing vulnerable components rose to 75 per cent, up from 60 per cent in 2018.

The percentage of applications afflicted with high-risk flaws reached 49 per cent in 2019, up from 40 per cent in 2018.

[Ed Note - The company that produced this report, Synopsis, is a vendor in this space and is not a disinterested party.]

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 16 2020, @06:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 16 2020, @06:52PM (#995100)

    Where I work (I do not speak for them, btw). They are smart enough to know that. They *do* take it into consideration.

    But lets say the thing narfs itself up. Who will fix it? It is abandoned. So now you have to dedicate someone to reverse engineer the open source code. That takes time and money. At least the code is 'easier' to read because it is open.

    Old stuff that has not been updated may have known exploits to the 'black hat' community but not the 'white hat'. Is a worry for these groups that review this.

    You want to look at as a risk cost benefit. Not as a 'open source rulz, closed source droolz' PoV.

    Something like a MD5 hash collision will probably be decently obvious. Most of the attacks I have seen are 'bunch of garbage' plus the text to change. So you would probably see it.

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