Visible to the public Secure Software Development in the Era of Fluid Multi-party Open Software and Services

TitleSecure Software Development in the Era of Fluid Multi-party Open Software and Services
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsPashchenko, Ivan, Scandariato, Riccardo, Sabetta, Antonino, Massacci, Fabio
Conference Name2021 IEEE/ACM 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering: New Ideas and Emerging Results (ICSE-NIER)
Date PublishedMay 2021
ISBN Number978-1-6654-0140-1
KeywordsAutomated Secure Software Engineering, composability, Open Source Software, privacy, pubcrawl, resilience, Resiliency, security, Sociology, Software, software engineering, software security, Statistics, Switches, vision
AbstractPushed by market forces, software development has become fast-paced. As a consequence, modern development projects are assembled from 3rd-party components. Security & privacy assurance techniques once designed for large, controlled updates over months or years, must now cope with small, continuous changes taking place within a week, and happening in sub-components that are controlled by third-party developers one might not even know they existed. In this paper, we aim to provide an overview of the current software security approaches and evaluate their appropriateness in the face of the changed nature in software development. Software security assurance could benefit by switching from a process-based to an artefact-based approach. Further, security evaluation might need to be more incremental, automated and decentralized. We believe this can be achieved by supporting mechanisms for lightweight and scalable screenings that are applicable to the entire population of software components albeit there might be a price to pay.
Citation Keypashchenko_secure_2021