Securing your open-source projects

【Open-Source】Software Security Risks

Jul 14, 2022

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Ivona Simic

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Open-source software (OSS) is everywhere. Upward 95% of all commercial databases contain at least one OSS component. OSS is often free, saving developers time and efforts to create their components or capabilities from scratch. 

However, using OSS potentially also carries serious risks. As many as 75% of open source codebases have been found to contain vulnerabilities, with about 50% containing severe vulnerabilities. These are not due to the open-source model itself or the quality of the code but due to a combination of factors that can seriously harm your data and systems. 

That said, here’s what you need to know about open source security, the main risks and vulnerabilities associated with OSS, and what you can do to prevent them!

What are the leading open-source security risks?

Open-source vulnerabilities and risks arise for several reasons. In essence, vulnerabilities are due to weak code that opens the door for exploits and attacks. However, these are further compounded by factors associated with OSS, which must be kept in mind.

Following are the main reasons for open source security risks.

Publicity of vulnerabilities

Vulnerabilities to open-source software are announced publicly by organizations such as the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), as well as by developers and contributors to

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