Open source is a term used for software whose source code is made available. Software distributed under Open source license allow the users to study, debug and improve the software with certain rights preserved for the copyright holder.

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Can open source software be digitally signed?

I've read that installing Linux on UEFI PCs requires additional steps to disable the requirement for digitally signed bootloaders. But I thought that open source software can be digitally signed by ...
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Is open source a good option for cryptography libraries? [closed]

I am trying to find good cryptography library to use with my project. I found open source options like openSSL and many more and also proprietory options like Intel Integrated Performance Primitives ...
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Making database code open source

I am building a web app. It is currently not open source, but I am considering making it open source, so that others can fix bugs, improve it, so that others are not suspicious of my motives (fun to ...
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Open Source vs Closed Source Systems

My understanding is that open source systems are commonly believed to be more secure than closed source systems. Reasons for taking either approach, or combination of them, include: cultural norms, ...
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Is the Linux / Debian software and package-management ecosystem secure?

My basic question is this: When we are using the Linux / Debian apt-get or yum package system, we're placing a lot of faith in that the packages we're downloading and installing are secure. For that ...
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Quantitative Security Analysis of Open Source Repos like CRAN and NPM

Is anyone aware of any quantitative analysis or research on the security of CRAN or NPM? e.g. How much malware is hosted, rate of compromise, speed to close, number of attack vectors, CERT reports ...
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What is the benefit of using lastpass authenticator on android compared to other similar applications?

Lastpass recently (march 2016) released a new app called lastpass authenticator. Reading their blog post and the description of the app features, it looks like to me that the app does nothing more ...
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What is the point of using an open source and secure OS if you are running it on a machine with closed source firmware?

I'm very interested in the OpenBSD OS, as it currently seems to me to be the option that takes security more seriously than its contemporaries. But as I was reading about it, it occurred to me that ...
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How is Tor secure despite being open source?

If Tor is open source (and thus its process of concealing your IP is known), then how does it keep anything secure? Couldn't someone look at the source code and figure out how to reverse the routing ...
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How much can we trust open source implementations of crypto (security) libraries?

In one of my projects I was choosing bcrypt or PBKDF2 for the KDF for passwords. I have read that bcrypt is generally more advanced and scrypt is even better. But I am using .NET platform where ...
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What is real-world impact of CVE-2016-0728 (Linux Kernel Vulnerability)

Today emerged report about another serious vulnerability in opensource world, CVE-2016-0728. It is local privilege escalation in Linux kernel 3.8+. What are the the possible real-world exploitation, ...
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Security updates FOSS/upstream policies: how are they chosen?

As you might know, with PEP 476, since Python 3.5 (backported to 3.4.3 and 2.7.9) tls certificates are now checked for their validity. Lack of validation leaves software exposed to mitm, so I think ...
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How to check third party code for Security? [closed]

This may be a very broad question. I am a software developer and from time to time we use third party components which may / may not be secure. Are there any basic things that I should check the ...
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Opensource firmware for WiFi router

I have two routers from D-link which are DIR615 and 2750U. Both of the firmware are upgraded to latest versions. They don't have bandwidth control. Found there are lots of opensource firmware ...
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Web application security vulnerability managment [closed]

Does anyone know of a way to manage Web application security vulnerabilities? Im looking for a tool that might integrate with selenium and or burp. I'm want to be able to run the tests over and over. ...
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Way to find security bugs in Scala source code open-source way?

I looked on Web to find way for finding security bugs specially SQL Injection and XSS in Scala code with little success. Some posts recommended to write custom detectors for FindBugs plugin, others ...
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Searching vulnerabilities via similar code comparison. Is it a viable attack vector?

Consider the following scenario: the attacker scans (optimally automatically) open codebases (eg. GitHub) for vulnerable code fragments by checking bug reports and patches. the attacker scans for ...
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Is it safer to compile open source code vs simply running the binary?

I understand that with OpenSource software, my milage may vary based on the trust of the author and the distribution platform they use (Codeplex, Git, or private server). Oftentimes a FOSS website ...
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Trust Issues Relative to Open Source

Two separate discussions have very recently opened my eyes to an issue I had not considered – how to confirm the Open Source binary one uses is based on the published source code. There is a large ...
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How can I prove to users of the software that the binaries I post match source code that's been inspected and verified by a third party? [duplicate]

If I have software that's like TrueCrypt where security is very important, but unlike TrueCrypt because mine won't mysteriously go offline for seemingly no reason at all, how can I prove that my ...
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How are open-sourced operating systems and software kept secure?

I have been wondering about his for awhile. I have Linux running on a PC at home. I had a jailbroken iPhone. They both have attributes that make them very attractive, and they are also FREE! But I ...
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auditing open source compiler binaries for trojans

It is a well known vulnerability that a properly altered compiler binary can transfer itself to new binaries of the compiler, and still be entirely absent from the source code. But how real is this ...
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Unable to do transformation of findbugs xml reports due to integration issue with findsecbugs plugin

I am trying to integrate the find-security-bugs plugin for findbugs using maven. I am able to run findbugs with maven and perform transformation from xml to html without any issue. I am able to run ...
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Open Source OS - code you see vs code you get

In this question I will use the example of Linux OS, but I am also interested in general situation. Linux OS distributions are famous for being open source and thus rather secure. But how can you be ...
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Findbugs Source Code Analyzer not able to detect vulnerabilities in JSP file?

I am using FindBugs to do source code analysis along with Find Security Bugs plugin to specifically detect security vulnerabilities like SQL Injection, XSS, etc. I installed the FindBugs plugin for ...
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Having trouble with FindBugs exclude filter

I installed FindBugs plugin in Eclipse for Source Code Analysis with FindSecurityBugs plugin to find out security issues with the code. I want to filter out certain false positives and want to exclude ...
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Any worthy open source Java Source Code Analysis tool from finding Security Vulnerabilities perspective? [closed]

I have been breaking my head to find out real good Open-source Source Code Analysis tool which can uncover security vulnerabilities. I did an extensive search on web and found out three major links ...
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failed login attempts analysis

Is there any open source project that logs all the failed login attempts over a period of time and gives me analysis of the same, the login failure is at windows or unix or mac user authentication ...
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Solution for Enterprise SW Eng. with Github and NPM [closed]

Can anyone share an architecture or framework that supports the use of Open Source software in enterprise software development environments? I'm seeking solutions to manage and mitigate the risk of ...
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Free/Libre software to handle TCG OPAL 2.0-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs)?

I'm in search of a free/libre software that is able to handle OPAL (2.0)-compliant SEDs (i.e. manage the setting of Pre-Boot Authentification (PBA) environment, encryption keys...). It could be a ...
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Can you give third-parties the power to supervise what code your server is running?

Web applications on servers often perform tasks in which users have to trust them, e.g. securely storing their passwords. Is there any way of letting the user convince himself that the server is ...
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What is a Truecrypt alternative with deniable encryption for linux? [closed]

Preferably an alternative that is Free Liberating Open-Source Software/ FLOSS. I would have used Truecrypt, but it has been discontinued.
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Open source database of malware signatures [closed]

I'm looking for an open source database of malware signatures/hashes (if possible regularly updated and well documented) that I could use in one of my software for scanning a huge numbers of files ...
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Browser as Honey-Pot, is there?

I'm watching all this movement around Metasploit project, the great number of different exploitation plugins, and thousands of exploit packs. Now, it is real truth, anyone could configure his own ...
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Open Source Software & Android Malware Campaigns [closed]

I am looking to find a report that lists malware campaigns launched against Open Source Software (OSS) and/or Android OS. Ideally, this report would have been published in 2014. I am trying to ...
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Penetration testing approach - Is there a better method? [closed]

Currently looking at getting some of our web sites pen tested but there are some many companies offering the same, and who are probably using the same tools (not to mention the same wordpress layouts) ...
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Government policy toward open source software? [closed]

What are the government policies, specially security organizations, regarding open source? Are they using these types of software? Also, there are some papers related to this topic? I have found: ...
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What should I do if I get no response from a security mailing list I reported a vulneratility to?

Two weeks ago I reported a vulnerability to a security mailing list of a large open source software organization. I provided details of how to reproduce the issue and the exact place in the code where ...
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Can a compromised OpenSSHD server be used to upload a malicious payload to a client?

Since I'm fairly unfamiliar with the specific details of the SSH protocol, I was wondering if it was possible for a compromised SSHd server to upload a malicious payload (like a Trojan or some other ...
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Is it secure to have source code for website public? [duplicate]

I am working on a website and would like to have it under revision control. I have used git for earlier projects before and I like it. This project though is a website written in Django. I am totally ...
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Is there any way to use Nuget securely?

Visual Studio now includes a Package Manager that downloads and updates software packages from the internet. The common name for this is "Nuget" The problem I have is that anyone can pretend to be ...
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To release as Open Source for Audit or to Keep “in house”

For cryptography, it is considered good practice to release the code so others can audit it...is this also true for penetration testing software?
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open source software security rating — 3rd-party authority

A client is asking my company to write up internal standards that open source software must meet before we will approve it for use on our workstations. Our policy has always been subjective and hard ...
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How to trust ICs?

While it is theoretically possible to thoroughly examine the source code of Open Source Software to check for backdoors (neglecting a Ken Thompson hack), and given sufficiently adequate knowledge in ...
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Fosshub as an alternative to sourceforge for osx open source project, is it safe to use? [closed]

I want to download a well known open source app for OSX (security/encryption related), but I don't want to use Sourceforge for my download because I'm worried about malware. This is the second time ...
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Is it possible for an open-source website be secure?

Lets say I want to develop a website with a community, and so I want it to be open source. However, this website isn't going to be static. However, it seems that revealing the database connections ...
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Is there vulnerabilities that are inherent to the concept of an open source antivirus? [closed]

I read that antivirus opensource software would be a good idea since the database could be informed and mainained by lots of capable people. However I have also read arguments to the contrary but none ...
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Is compiling source code from github a big security risk?

I have several programs (Emacs el-get, oh-my-zsh and Homebrew) that occasionally load source code from github and compile it on my machine. Is this a big security concern? What can I do to prevent ...
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Get information about the audit state of software (for OSS)?

How does one go about to determine how well audited/checked a software is? To make this a much more specific question I am interested in ways to ascertain (mailing lists, rankings etc.) that a ...
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Open Source Malware Scanner/Cleaner [closed]

What is the best Open Source Malware Scanner/Cleaner? Malware-bites is good but it requires licensing for companies.