Fixing Spring4Shell Starts With Software Supply Chain Management

Spring4Shell is the latest call to action for radically improved software supply chain integrity. While Spring4Shell investigations continue, one conclusion is indisputable: We must holistically rethink the way we continuously inventory and manage the complex landscape of interrelated software and its sources.

Whether or not Spring4Shell surpasses the breadth of impact of Log4j, there’s still massive potential for severe consequences to software and API security across the open source infrastructure stack.

That’s because, as we saw with Log4Shell, this attack could impact most enterprise Java applications globally. It seems the root cause is a vulnerability in the widely used, free, community-developed, open source programming framework Spring Core.

The Spring framework is the foundation for most enterprise Java applications—as many as 74%, according to some data. Specifically, Spring serves as the foundation for enterprise Java apps so that teams can focus on application-level business logic without being locked into specific deployment environments.

Spring Core’s ubiquity introduces a significant potential for widespread impact due to its use across enterprise software, cloud services, third-party software and service products as well as internally managed software. This is another call-to-action to improve the way we approach software supply chain security and supply chain management. Thankfully, there’s already a place to start.

Every infrastructure and software team can begin addressing this vulnerability by leveraging resources from The Linux Foundation’s Software Bill Of Materials (SBOM) project. The 2021 initiative included an SBOM readiness survey, a Generating Software Bill Of Materials training course and an SBOM generator tool based on the SDPX standard introduced at the same time.

The Linux Foundation’s SBOM contributions provided all of us a head start to begin addressing issues with software supply chain management. With widespread adoption, SBOM equips software projects and users to assess and address Spring4Shell as well as any other as-yet-unknown vulnerabilities and prepare us for what is undoubtedly a season of high-impact infrastructure software vulnerabilities.

For more Spring4Shell resources, please visit: https://www.contrastsecurity.com/security-influencers/new-spring4shell-vulnerability-confirmed-what-it-is-and-how-to-be-prepared

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