Codenotary Launches Cloud Service to Generate SBOMs

Codenotary has launched a Codenotary Cloud platform that can automatically generate a software bill of materials (SBOM) and make it easier to discover what components have been included in an application.

Moshe Bar, Codenotary CEO, said that capability can also play a key role in identifying which components in an application might contain, for example, the Log4jShell vulnerabilities that were recently discovered in Java applications.

That capability can reduce the time required to remove insecure artifacts by as much as 80% simply because organizations are not dependent on scanning tools to search for vulnerable components, added Bar.

Codenotary Cloud is based on an immutable open source immudb database that cryptographically attaches an identity to each software artifact. In the wake of a series of high-profile breaches, there’s now a lot more focus on the integrity of software supply chains. In fact, the Biden administration recently issued an executive order requiring all federal agencies to, among other things, make sure an SBOM is available for all the software they use.

Codenotary claimed Codenotary Cloud can scale to millions of integrity verifications per second across source code, builds, repositories, Docker container images and Kubernetes deployments in a way that doesn’t require DevOps teams to upload data to a centralized platform, noted Bar. That makes it possible to notarize and verify the provenance of all the code being employed, he added.

Codenotary Cloud can also be fully integrated with most vulnerability scanners and popular cloud-native continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) systems running on any cloud or on-premises host via a managed service. Pricing starts at $5,500 for a workgroup of 10 developers.

It’s not clear to what degree the Biden administration’s executive order will improve overall software security. There have been multiple vulnerability issues over the years that have not resulted in any material change in how organizations manage their application development processes. However, the recent executive order issued by the Biden administration, coupled with a summit on the state of open source software security, means more senior business and IT executives are at least aware of growing concerns.

The one thing that is certain is there will be more zero-day vulnerabilities discovered. Developers today routinely reuse open source software and free components maintained by a small number of volunteer programmers. Like any other developer, the amount of security expertise those individuals have is limited. Many organizations reuse that code without contributing anything meaningful back to the project—either in terms of financing or vulnerability identification and remediation support. Contributors to these projects freely donate their time and expertise to build these components. Many of those contributors feel the onus for the software they created is on the organizations that you decide to deploy that software.

Regardless of who is responsible for security, it’s apparent cybersecurity teams are going to be reviewing application development processes. Theoretically, that should benefit all concerned and lead to DevSecOps best practices being more widely adopted.

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