Travis CI flaw exposed thousands of open-source projects’ secrets

A flaw in popular software testing tool Travis CI exposed the secrets of thousands of open-source projects.

Travis CI is a hosted continuous integration service used to build and test software projects hosted on GitHub and Bitbucket.

For at least a week – between 3-10 Sept – open-source repos that used Travis CI had their keys, credentials, and tokens exposed.

Ethereum developer Felix Lange discovered a flaw with how Travis CI handled environmental...

Sonatype analysis reveals a 73 percent surge in open-source demand

A report from Sonatype has revealed a 73 percent surge in the demand for open-source despite a year of high profile vulnerabilities.

The growing use of open-source to keep up with the pace of modern development makes it a prime target for cybercriminals. We’ve seen this multiple times in practice over the past year with devastating attacks like that on SolarWinds even making national headlines for its widespread implications.

In fact, Sonatype’s report highlights a...

GitHub releases analysis of relations between developers and security researchers

Relations between developers and security researchers is critical, but it’s no secret they’re often fraught.

GitHub first announced that it was expanding its research to more fully understand the relationship between developer and security research communities in December 2020. The initial analysis, conducted by GitHub Security Lab, has now been released.

For its debut analysis, Github focused on the vulnerability disclosure process—of which there is currently no...

Google wants to ‘advance cybersecurity’ by fixing open-source and increasing training

Google has committed $10 billion over the next five years to “advance cybersecurity” by fixing some of the key problems with open-source and offering more training.

The announcement follows Google’s participation in President Biden’s White House Cyber Security Meeting this week. Leading tech executives including Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai put their heads together following an increasing prevalence and seriousness of cyberattacks.

Open-source is vital and speeds...

Ram Chakravarti, CTO, BMC Software: On breaking the DevOps plateau and using automation to improve security

The majority of organisations are stuck in a "plateau" in their DevOps evolution and are struggling to advance into the higher stages of adoption.

BMC Software knows a thing or two about the subject and recently sponsored Puppet's 2021 State of DevOps report.

Developer spoke with Ram Chakravarti, CTO of BMC Software, to gain some insights into how to break the DevOps plateau and how automation can be used to bolster security.

Developer: Puppet’s 2021...

Boris Cipot, Synopsys Software Integrity: On the cybersecurity landscape and countering threats

Following a year of high-profile cyberattacks, developers are understandably concerned their software could be the next to be compromised.

Developer caught up with Boris Cipot, Senior Sales Engineer at Synopsys Software Integrity, to discuss the cybersecurity landscape and how developers can secure their software.

Cipot came to Synopsys following the company’s acquisition of Black Duck Software. Prior to those companies, Cipot held senior roles at anti-malware...

Checkmarx acquires Dustico in wake of increasing supply chain attacks

Developer-centric app security testing (AST) firm Checkmarx has acquired Dustico to help counter the increasing threat of supply chain attacks.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dustico and its team to Checkmarx as the Israeli tech ecosystem continues to push the boundaries of cybersecurity innovation and talent,” said Emmanuel Benzaquen, CEO, Checkmarx.

“Blending Dustico’s differentiated approach to open source analysis with Checkmarx’s best-of-breed security...

Google announces raft of Play Store security policy updates

Google has announced a number of changes to its Play Store security policies that will come into effect over the coming year.

Starting in September, a new section will be added to Google’s Enforcement policy that will mean inactive or otherwise abandoned developer accounts will be closed after one year of dormancy.

October will see various policies introduced on different dates.

On 15 October, the Device and Network Abuse policy will be clarified to prohibit...

GitHub brings its suite of supply chain security features to Go

Go is receiving a boost from GitHub with the company bringing its supply chain security features to the Google-designed language.

According to GitHut, Go is currently the fourth most-popular language on GitHub. The Go community embraced GitHub and now the company is returning the favour by helping them to discover, report, and prevent security vulnerabilities.

Steve Francia, Product Lead of Go Language at Google, said:

“Go was created, in part, to address the...

Former NSA executive Jacob DePriest now heads GitHub’s security operations

GitHub has announced that former NSA (National Security Agency) senior executive Jacob DePriest is now heading its security operations.

Open source evangelist DePriest built the NSA’s Developer Experience from scratch and helped the agency’s developers contribute to the work of others. The NSA’s historically lengthy approval process was reduced from weeks to mere hours in some cases.

A 2019 post on the US Intelligence Careers website explains why DePriest has a...