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An Empirical Study of Security Issues Posted in Open Source Projects

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Item Summary Zahedi, Mansooreh Ali Babar, Muhammad Treude, Christoph 2017-12-28T02:17:36Z 2017-12-28T02:17:36Z 2018-01-03
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-1-9
dc.description.abstract When developers gain thorough understanding and knowledge of software security, they can produce more secure software. This study aims at empirically identifying and understanding the security issues posted on a random sample of GitHub repositories. We tried to understand the presence of security issues and their key themes and topics. We applied a mixed-methods approach, combining topic modeling techniques and qualitative analysis. Our findings have revealed that a) the rate of security-related issues was rather small (approx. 3% of all issues), b) the majority of the security issues were related to identity management and cryptography topics. We present 7 high-level themes of problems that developers face in implementing security features.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subject Cyber Security and Software Assurance
dc.subject Empirical Research GitHub Software Security Software Repository Mining Topic Modeling
dc.title An Empirical Study of Security Issues Posted in Open Source Projects
dc.type Conference Paper
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2018.686
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