We start with the article about "Researchers Secretly Tried To Add Vulnerabilities to Linux Kernel, Ended Up Getting Banned" and explore its range of issues from ethics to securing huge, distributed software projects. It's hardly novel to point out that bad actors can attempt to introduce subtle and exploitable bugs. More generally, we've also seen impacts from package owners who have revoked their code, like NPM leftpad, or who transfer ownership to actors who later on abuse the package's reputation, as we've seen in Chrome Plugins. So, what could have been a better research focus? In the era of more pervasive fuzzing, how much should we continue to rely on people for security code review?
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Read the research paper at https://github.com/QiushiWu/QiushiWu.github.io/blob/main/papers/OpenSourceInsecurity.pdf
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