News Study: Open Source Software Contributes to Mobile App Vulnerabilities A new study examined hundreds of popular Android apps for security vulnerabilities, finding that the improper use of open source software puts organizations and users at risk. That risk includes the loss of key data or compromised privacy, said the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a non-profit consumer education and research organization. "We are calling on all apps developers to redouble their efforts to find vulnerable code and to use the latest patches to plug these security holes,” the ACI said in a statement this week. The organization on Sept. 11 announced the publication of its report, "How Safe Are Popular Apps? A Study of Critical Vulnerabilities and Why Consumers Should Care" (available in a PDF here). The report squarely puts the onus for increased mobile app security on developers using open source software with known vulnerabilities. The study examined the 330 … [Read more...] about Study: Open Source Software Contributes to Mobile App Vulnerabilities — ADTmag
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Microsoft’s acquisition of beloved repository service GitHub, which was announced recently for a reported $7.5 billion price tag in stocks, marks the latest stage of the transition of open source software into mainstream enterprise development.For anyone who has followed Microsoft’s long and storied relationship with open source and the open source community under past CEOs, this buyout might leave their heads spinning. However, for those who have been paying attention since Satya Nadella became CEO, this is a move that makes perfect sense for Microsoft.Microsoft has been in the process of transitioning from a software company to a cloud company, and from a closed system to an open one. To this end, they have made significant strides towards embracing open source and creating an environment where software development can truly thrive.They have grown quickly over the past few years, rapidly becoming one of the top contributors to open source projects, which is no small feat … [Read more...] about What does Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub mean for the future of open source?
A new report into the state of enterprise security suggests that the majority of codebases in use contain known vulnerabilities due to the use of open-source components.On Tuesday, Synopsys released the Black Duck by Synopsys 2018 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) report, which found that open-source adoption is on the rise in the enterprise -- but security controls have not necessarily matched the pace.Open-source projects, software, and library adoption have become a common theme in the enterprise. Open-source systems can save a vast amount of time and money for developers and businesses alike and many well-known players in fields ranging from technology to core services use open-source components on a daily basis.However, the nature of open-source projects means that as developers are giving away their time for free, sometimes, bugs may escape the net and cause chaos further down the line unless users and staff are aware of its use and maintain regular security … [Read more...] about Open-source vulnerabilities plague enterprise codebase systems
These are full-featured open source software products, free as in beer and speech that I started to use recently. Vivek Gite picks his best open source software of 2013. #1 Replicant – Fully free Android distribution Replicant is entirely free and open source distributions of Android on several devices including both phones and tablets. I have installed it on an older Nexus S. You can install apps from F-Droid store a GPLv2 client app that comes configured with a repository hosting only free as in freedom applications. Operating system : Linux/Android Purpose : Free os for phone/tablets Targets : User who wish to have a full control over the mobile phone with strong privacy settings License : Apache License 2.0/GPL 2.0 Download url : replicant.us #2: Miro video converter This is an open source, cross-platform application to convert videos from and to various formats, including formats suitable for devices such as Android/iOS phones. It is simple and easy to use … [Read more...] about 30 Cool Open Source Software I Discovered in 2013