New Research from CAST Exposes Risk in Open Source Software

The prevalence of open source software in enterprise applications signals the need for greater Software Intelligence to prevent exploitation by hackers

NEW YORK, April 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CAST, the leader in Software Intelligence, today announced new research evaluating the structural quality of open source software (OSS). The growing popularity and widespread use of OSS in enterprise applications helps developer teams work faster, yet this efficiency may come at a cost to the robustness, efficiency and security of those applications meant to support business functions. The Software Intelligence Report benchmarks the overall quality of OSS compared to software built in-house or by outsourced teams.

“It’s incredibly important for organizations to have visibility into the quality of open source software that supports business applications,” said Lev Lesokhin, EVP of Strategy and Analytics at CAST and co-author of the Software Intelligence Report. “As we saw with the Struts vulnerabilities that exposed Equifax, software flaws in open source components are more easily exploitable by hackers. This report aims to help the communicates that build open source software and the organizations that use it.”

The Software Intelligence Report looks at 61 different open source projects comprised of 75,000 source files and 8.9 million lines of code. The analysis is broken down by language for C/C++ and .Net, JEE and PHP applications, and scores these applications for Transferability, Robustness, Changeability, Efficiency and Security.

To get your complimentary copy of the report, you can download it here.

About CAST

CAST is the market leader in Software Intelligence, with unique technology backed by $150 million in software analysis and measurement R&D. CAST technology helps digital leaders and doers see the truth, become software geniuses and deliver super software - resilient, responsive, safe and secure software. Hundreds of companies rely on CAST to improve end-user satisfaction and time-to-market, prevent business disruption and reduce cost. Founded in 1990, CAST operates globally with offices in North America, Europe, India and China. For more information, visit

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