Praise be & pass the recipe for the software soup: There’s too much scrambling to untangle vulnerabilities and dependencies, say a security experts roundtable.
Here, have a can of soup.
Nah, we don’t know what’s in it. Could be 30 percent insect parts, could be seasoned with rat hair, who can say? The ingredients keep changing anyway. Just pour it into your network and pray.
That, unfortunately, is the current state of cybersecurity: a teeth-grinding situation in which supply-chain attacks force companies to sift through their software to find out where bugs are hiding before cyberattackers beat them to the punch. It’s a lot easier said than done.
The problem has been underscored by the massive SolarWinds supply-chain attack and by organizations’ frustrating, ongoing hunt for the ubiquitous, much-exploited Log4j Apache logging library. The problem predates both, of course: In fact, it’s one of the “never got around to it, keeping meaning to” issues that one security expert – Sophos principal security researcher Paul Ducklin – stuck an elbow in our rib about when it came time for end-of-year coverage.
“We’re awash in supply chain attacks, whether they’re caused by active and purposeful hacking into software