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Open source security is rapidly becoming a major concern

The widespread use of open source software (OSS) within modern application development poses a “significant security risk”, new research suggests.

According to a new report from cybersecurity company Snyk, together with the Linux (opens in new tab) Foundation, today’s organizations are underprepared to tackle these risks.

Based on a survey of more than 550 respondents, as well as data pulled from 1.3 billion open source projects via Snyk Open Source, the report states that two in five (41%) firms are not confident in the security of their open source code.

Vulnerabilities in open source code

The average application development project, it was found, has 49 vulnerabilities, as well as 80 direct dependencies. Usually, it now takes 110 days to remedy a vulnerability in an open source project, up from 49 days four years ago.

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