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  • Writer's pictureMichael Paulyn

There's A New Tool Out to Scan Open-Source Repositories for Malicious Packages

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

The Open-Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) announced that the first-generation prototype of a brand-new cutting-edge tool was complete. This revolutionary tool can perform specific dynamic analyses of all packages uploaded to popular open-source repositories.

This new technology, the Package Analysis project, aims to detect and alert users of potentially malicious behavior while challenging all software supply chain cybersecurity efforts and increasing trust in open-source software.

It's almost like a metal detector at a courthouse; instead, it's for computers and other devices, scanning and checking for anything suspicious. Where security guards check for guns, knives, and anything else that's suspicious, this tool is looking for malicious in the way of software.

Users will have peace of mind regarding what files they open, what website addresses they connect to, and what commands they run on their devices. This new cybersecurity tool will ensure another security level; those working with cryptocurrency mining or sensitive information will be in good hands.

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