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Black Hat USA 2014: Third-Party Vulns Spread Like Diseases
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intrepidwerx
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7/10/2014 | 1:29:16 PM
Black Hat USA 2014
I agree with Mack's post, but will add 1 caveat.  Many of these companies using the 3rd Party tools are using outdated tools which the vendor has since updated or abandoned entirely.  Part of the reason is the tool does something convenient at the time and is free and new features require buying a new version which may not be enough reason to justify its purchase. 


While it might be beneficial to rewrite or refine the library, many code shops can't do this because the cost of doing so is more than management is willing to accept.
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7/8/2014 | 7:52:18 AM
excellent essay and a timely point
this is an excellent essay and a very timely point.     security in 3d party components should be addressed using zero-defects methodology: I am responsible for zero defects in what I produce.

one of the things i need to do in this regard is to vet the tools i use.   if i download and install a compiler and library it becomes incumbent on me to check the MD5 hash or PGP signature on that product to make sure it is a correct copy from the vendor I am using.  my supplier in turn is responsible for doing the same.

ultimately when I write the source code I am responsible for making sure it is correct.   just as prescribled by Edsger Dijkstra in his Notes on Structured Programming.   


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