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Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

TraceLink

Session: An Intelligent Approach to Upgrading OSS Libraries 

Maintaining secure versions of third-party libraries is a repetitive and tedious task at best. At worst, with many interdependent internal projects (think microservices) and dozens of layers of transitive dependencies, it is a logistical nightmare. A top-down, ad hoc approach is often used to resolve vulnerable third-party libraries, prioritizing high-severity vulnerabilities or internal projects critical to business functions, but failing to address the larger impact of vulnerabilities. TraceLink is taking a different approach, utilizing the graph structure of interconnected projects to perform security upgrades in an informed order from the bottom up. This process aims to automate third-party library version maintenance as much as possible, aiding in the completion of vital security upgrades and compounding the effects of each individual upgrade to reduce overall work done.

 

About Chris Smith

Chris leads the Application Security program at TraceLink, delivering a secure platform for the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain. The AppSec team makes "TraceLink = Trusted" by ensuring that customers, partners, and internal devops can meet and exceed best security practices. Hi goal is to make security accessible and understandable by both the security-minded and the security-unaware.