WhiteSource Software – The Complete Guide on Open Source Security

Open source components are the core building blocks of application software, providing developers with a wealth of off-the-shelf possibilities that they can use for assembling their products faster and more efficiently.

Open source components, the libraries and frameworks which are written and maintained by the open source community, account for 60-80% of the code base in modern web applications.

Despite the heavy reliance on open source, the software industry has been generally lax when it comes to ensuring that these components meet basic security standards. This is due in large part to their underestimation of the amount of open source components that they are actually using in their products, and that the nature of open source vulnerabilities are fundamentally different than those found in proprietary code.

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