What You Need to Know About Open-Source Software Security

4 – 7 min read 33 05/31/2022

While allowing public access to the sensitive behind-the-scenes operation of a program sounds risky, open-source software actually has the potential to be even more secure than a program with hidden code. However, as with any type of software, vulnerabilities still exist and can present a serious security risk if they remain unidentified and unpatched. Open-source is software with publicly accessible code that anyone can view and contribute to, and forms the foundation of the Internet we use today. The popularity of open-source code is rising–not only are more programs using open-source code but a larger portion of the average software comes from open-source resources than ever.

Today, open-source code can be found in virtually every application we use online, and open-source development is the focus of many of the world’s largest companies. In order to ensure our data online is secure, we must first make sure that the technology that provides this capability is secure. This article will explore the security risks that bugs in open-source software pose and measures that are being taken to secure open-source software against vulnerabilities and exploits. 

A Brief History of Open-Source Software

Open Source first became mainstream in the 1990s thanks to the creation of Linux and the publication of the source code of the Netscape Communicator Internet suite. While the development of software has always been collaborative, the spread of open-source software represented a new step in

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