News coming my way over the past couple of years has changed. There is very little from automation, control, instrumentation, and even networking. Two consistent visitors to my inbox are combined in this news from the Linux Foundation—Open Source and Security. This news touts the growth of the Open Source Security Foundation.

The Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) a cross-industry organization hosted at the Linux Foundation that brings together the world’s most important open source security initiatives, announced 19 new organizations have joined OpenSSF to help identify and fix security vulnerabilities in open source software and develop improved tooling, training, research, best practices, and vulnerability disclosure practices. It is also announcing the latest milestones achieved across a variety of its technical initiatives, all of which underscore the cross-industry momentum taking place as a result of increasing awareness in the wake of recent security incidents and since the recent White House Open Source Security Summit and recent Congressional hearings.

“The time is clearly now for this community to make real progress on software security. Since open source is the foundation on which all software is built, the work we do at OpenSSF with contributions from companies and individuals from around the world is fundamental to that progress,” said Brian Behlendorf, executive director at OpenSSF. “We’ve never had more support or focus on building, sustaining and securing the software that underpins all of our lives, and we’re happy to be the neutral forum where this can happen.” 

New Premier Member commitments come from 1Password, Citi, Coinbase, Huawei Technologies, JFrog and Wipro. New General Member commitments come from Accuknox, Alibaba Cloud, Block, Inc., Blockchain Technology Partners, Catena Cyber, Chainguard, DeployHub, Gravitational Inc., MongoDB, NCC Group, ReversingLabs, Spotify and Wingtecher Technology. New Associate Members include Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Science (ISCAS), MITRE and OpenUK. A complete review of the OpenSSF member roster.

These commitments come on the heels of the recent White House Open Source Security Summit where the Linux Foundation and OpenSSF represented hundreds of its project communities and discussed how best to support software security and open source security posture going forward. This underscored a major milestone in the Linux Foundation’s engagement with the public sector and underscores its position to support not only the projects it hosts but all of the world’s most critical open source infrastructure.

Following are examples of community work.

OpenSSF also recently announced the Alpha-Omega Project to improve the security posture of open source software (OSS) through direct engagement of software security experts and automated security testing. It is initially supported by Microsoft and Google with a combined investment of $5 million. The Project improves global OSS supply chain security by working with project maintainers to systematically look for new, as-yet-undiscovered vulnerabilities in open source code, and get them fixed. “Alpha” will work with the maintainers of the most critical open source projects to help them identify and fix security vulnerabilities, and improve their security posture. “Omega” will identify at least 10,000 widely deployed OSS projects where it can apply automated security analysis, scoring, and remediation guidance to their open source maintainer communities.

Scorecards is an OpenSSF project that helps open source users understand the risks of the dependencies they consume. OpenSSF members GitHub and Google recently announced Scorecards v4, which includes Scorecards GitHub Workflow Action to automate identification of how changes to a project affected its security. It also includes License Check to detect the presence of a project license and Dangerous-Workflow check to detect dangerous usage of the pull_request_target trigger and risks of script injections in GitHub workflows. The Scorecards project has also increased the scale of scans from 50,000 projects to one million projects identified as most critical based on their number of direct dependencies, giving a more detailed view of the ecosystem and strengthening supply chain security as users see improved coverage of their dependencies.

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