Rising Maturity of OSS Projects Sighted
November 02, 2017
A report examines Open Source Software (OSS) quality and security data collected over the past decade through Coverity Scan, a free static analysis solution from Synopsys used by more than 4,600 active OSS projects. The report finds significant adoption of secure software development practices and underscores the importance of managing OSS risk. In addition, it highlights the contributions Coverity Scan has made to the quality of OSS development practices and the overall maturity of the OSS ecosystem.
"Due to the ubiquity of open source
and the vital role it plays in virtually all types of software,
understanding and managing its risks can no longer be optional," said
Andreas Kuehlmann, senior vice president and general manager of the
Synopsys Software Integrity Group. "The Coverity Scan Report highlights
the progress of some of the most mature and widely used open source
projects, and it provides invaluable insights for the broader software
community that depends on the integrity of open source."
•Active projects within Scan show significant adoption of secure software development practices. Since January 2016, 4,117 active projects have submitted builds for analysis. Of those, nearly 50 percent (2,049) use Travis CI, indicating using of continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices. Other 2,509 projects have been triaged, which require developers to have intimate knowledge of the codebase. Additionally, 1,120 projects were configured to make use of modeling, a mechanism for improving the quality of their analysis results.
•Key behaviors indicate increasing maturity of OSS projects. The adoption of CI/CD and remediation of actionable defects by developers highlight the value of static analysis to the OSS ecosystem. Other measures of maturity such as development and community metrics are required to characterize the risks associated with OSS consumption.
•Commercial and OSS ecosystems are converging. According to some of the largest commercial users of Coverity, software shipped to customers can contain up to 90 percent open source code. In addition, there are now companies founded entirely on OSS proving that OSS is now the norm.