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DHS Open Source Scans: One Year Later

David Maxwell, Open Source Strategist, Coverity

Track: Security
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 5:20pm - 6:05pm
Location: D137-138

Coverity, Inc. began its public Scan project in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, on March 6, 2006. Since then, hundreds of developers have accessed the results online and committed fixes to thousands of defects in over 50 major open source projects included in the Scan.

Part of the purpose of this talk is to report on the progress made in open source projects to date, by looking at some examples of fixes that have been committed. Some statistical analysis of progress will be shown.

Another goal of this talk is to share more information with people who are not developers on any of the listed projects. Since detailed results have only been available to the developers, the project has been more than a bit opaque for the rest of the public. This talk will cover a variety of trends and specific examples of Scan results and bugs fixed for the open source community as a whole.

An additional purpose of this lecture is to announce new information about the Scan project for the year ahead. The talk will discuss not only where Scan is today, but where it is going and how to get involved. It will also discuss the lessons learned on both sides of the project about crafting effective cooperation between proprietary and open source communities.