The White House wants governments and private sector organizations to pool their efforts and resources to secure open-source software and its supply chain after the Log4J vulnerabilities have exposed critical infrastructure to attacks from threat actors.
Discussions on the topic took place during the Open Source Software Security Summit convened by the Biden administration on Thursday.
Attendees focused on three themes: preventing security flaws and vulnerabilities in open source software, improving the process of finding and remediating security vulnerabilities, and reducing the time required to deploy and deploy fixes.
“Most major software packages contain open source software — including software used by the national security community,” according to a reading from the Software Security Meeting.
“Open source software brings unique value and has unique security challenges due to its breadth of usage and the number of volunteers responsible for ongoing security maintenance.”