A preliminary study released February 18, which we directed alongside the Linux Foundation, numerous troubling trends in open source security underscore the importance of understanding where open source is most used and could be vulnerable to attack.
Commonly used free and open source software (FOSS) is one of the most significant technological trends of the decade. After all, 80-90 percent of a typical application contains FOSS components (pdf). And that trend is only increasing with its use in smart phones, cars, the Internet of Things, and numerous pieces of critical infrastructure.
But without appropriate investment and maintenance, that widespread adoption has the potential to become a liability.