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Computers 2018, 7(4), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/computers7040049

An Empirical Study on Security Knowledge Sharing and Learning in Open Source Software Communities

Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2815 Gjovik, Norway
Received: 19 July 2018 / Revised: 20 September 2018 / Accepted: 28 September 2018 / Published: 1 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Software Security and Assurance)
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Abstract

Open source software (OSS) security has been the focus of the security community and practitioners over the past decades. However, the number of new vulnerabilities keeps increasing in today’s OSS systems. With today’s increasingly important and complex OSS, lacking software security knowledge to handle security vulnerabilities in OSS development will result in more breaches that are serious in the future. Learning software security is a difficult and challenging task since the domain is quite context specific and the real project situation is necessary to apply the security concepts within the specific system. Many OSS proponents believe that the OSS community offers significant learning opportunities from its best practices. However, studies that specifically explore security knowledge sharing and learning in OSS communities are scarce. This research is intended to fill this gap by empirically investigating factors that affect knowledge sharing and learning about software security and the relationship among them. A conceptual model is proposed that helps to conceptualize the linkage between socio-technical practices and software security learning processes in OSS communities. A questionnaire and statistical analytical techniques were employed to test hypothesized relationships in the model to gain a better understanding of this research topic. View Full-Text
Keywords: open source software; software security; knowledge sharing; open source software community open source software; software security; knowledge sharing; open source software community
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