Identifying Security Threats in Open Source Projects
The purpose of this working group is to enable stakeholders to have informed confidence in the security of open source projects. We do this by collecting, curating, and communicating relevant metrics and metadata from open source projects and the ecosystems of which they are a part.
Open source software is an essential part of modern software development, and of practically all technology solutions. Adoption of open source software has grown over the past two decades, powering everything from tiny "Internet of Things" devices to the most advanced supercomputers in the world. This has led to enormous productivity gains, allowing software engineers to focus more on solving business problems and less on creating and re-creating the same building blocks needed in many situations.
With these benefits, however, comes some risk. Attackers frequently target open source projects and the ecosystems they are a part of in order to compromise the organizations or users that use those projects. It's essential that we understand these threats and work to build defenses against them.
Our objective is to enable stakeholders to have informed confidence in the security of open source projects. This includes identifying threats to the open source ecosystem and recommending practical mitigations. We will also identify a set of key metrics and build tooling to communicate those metrics to stakeholders, enabling a better understanding of the security posture of individual open source software components.
The scope of this working group includes "security", as opposed to privacy, resiliency, or other related areas. We also consider the broad open source ecosystem, as opposed to focusing exclusively on critical open source projects.
- Leads: Michael Scovetta, Michael Winser, Brian Behlendorf
- Lead: Marta Rybczynska
Security Insights - Provides a mechanism for projects to report information about their security practices in a machine-readable way.
- Lead: Luigi Gubello
Security Metrics - This project's purpose is to collect, organize, and provide interesting security metrics for open source projects to stakeholders, including users.
- Lead: Michael Scovetta [existing implementation]
- Leads: Vinod, Jay White, Christine Abernathy
Security Reviews - This repository contains a collection of security reviews of open source software.
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- Mailing List and Security Reviews. (Manage your subscriptions to OpenSSF mailing lists)
- OpenSSF Community Calendar
- Join us on Slack
OpenSSF Best Practices Badge Program - an input to the metrics dashboard generated by the Security Metrics project (formerly named CII Best Practices Badge Program).
OpenSSF Scorecard - another input to the metrics dashboard
CHAOSS - develops definitions of metrics
All of OpenSSF
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- Lead: Michael Scovetta