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Overheard: One security glitch per 1,000 lines of code



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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Open source
Programming
Security
homeland_security_logo.jpg A US Department of Homeland Security bug-fixing scheme has uncovered an average of one security glitch per 1,000 lines of code in 180 widely used open source software projects.

Matthew Broersma, Open Source Security Bugs Uncovered

The program, called the Open Source Hardening Project, is sponsored by the DHS and carried out by Coverity and Stanford University. Launched in March 2006, the US$300,000 project was initially launched to review the code of 180 open source software projects frequently used by developers of government websites and application developers.

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