How to avoid an open source security nightmare

There have been a few high-profile security problems with open source software. A disgruntled developer recently delivered intentionally modified releases of his faker.js and colors.js packages, which broke “thousands of projects” that relied on them. Some are wondering if it’s safe to use open source software at all. The White House certainly is — they’ve asked major technology companies to comment about software security in the aftermath of the Log4j issue, which exposed countless servers to remote exploitation. 

Open Source

Is code that’s written by volunteers less secure than code written by professional developers? Do you need to have someone sue if a product fails? Do you really get what you pay for? 

What is Open Source? 

Just as it would be a mistake to say that all closed source projects are bug-free, it’s a mistake to say that all open source projects are security risks. Different projects have different focuses; some of them are much more concerned with the security of their releases. 

Josh Berkus has identified five types of open source projects based on their structure: 

A solo project is the passion of one individual or, at most, a few dedicated people with the same vision. 

A monarchy is

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