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There is no shortage of challenges when it comes to securing open source software and no shortage of ideas for how to mitigate risks.
It is the stated mission of the OpenSSF (Open Source Security Foundation) to help improve the state of open source security, and that is precisely what it is doing. The OpenSSF is part of the Linux Foundation and has multiple ongoing efforts across different aspects of the software development lifecycle.
Easier access for open source security scorecards
The OpenSSF has its roots in a predecessor effort from the Linux Foundation, known as the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), which is where the concept of best practices badges for open source projects was introduced in 2015. The badge projects became part of the OpenSSF’s Scorecards effort in 2020. With security scorecards, anyone can run a scan against an open source code repository and automatically identify the general state of security. Badges enable an open source project to easily publicly display scorecard results showing the state of best practices.
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