An Empirical Study of Security Issues Posted in Open Source Projects
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.
|Title of host publication||Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Place of Publication||Hawaii, Manoa|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- Software Security, Empirical Software Engineering, GitHub, Repository Mining, Topic Modeling, qualitative research
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