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Google Debuts OSV-Scanner, a Go Tool For Finding Security Holes in Open Source

Friday December 16, 2022. 05:00 PM , from Slashdot
Google this week released OSV-Scanner -- an open source vulnerability scanner linked to the database that debuted last year. From a report: Written in the Go programming language, OSV-Scanner is designed to scan open source applications to assess the security of any incorporated dependencies -- software libraries that get added to projects to provide pre-built functions so developers don't have to recreate those functions on their own. Modern applications can have a lot of dependencies. For example, researchers from Mozilla and Concordia University in Canada recently created a single-page web application with the React framework using the create-react-app command. The result was a project with seven runtime dependencies and nine development dependencies.

But each of these direct dependencies had other dependencies, known as transitive dependencies. The react package includes loose-envify as a transitive dependency -- one that itself depends on other libraries. All told, this basic single-page 'Hello world' app required a total of 1,764 dependencies. As Rex Pan, a software engineer on Google's Open Source Security Team, observed on Tuesday in a blog post, vetting thousands of dependences isn't something developers can do on their own.

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