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OWASP dependency-check is an open source solution the OWASP Top 10 2013 entry: A9 - Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities. Dependency-check can currently be used to scan Java and .NET applications to identify the use of known vulnerable components. Experimental analyzers for Python, Ruby, PHP (composer), and Node.js applications; these are experimental due to the possible false positive and false negative rates. To use the experimental analyzers they must be specifically enabled via the appropriate experimental configuration. In addition, dependency-check has experimental analyzers that can be used to scan some C/C++ source code, including OpenSSL source code and projects that use Autoconf or CMake.

The problem with using known vulnerable components was covered in a paper by Jeff Williams and Arshan Dabirsiaghi titled, “The Unfortunate Reality of Insecure Libraries” (registration required). The gist of the paper is that we as a development community include third party libraries in our applications that contain well known published vulnerabilities (such as those at the National Vulnerability Database).

More information about dependency-check can be found here:

OWASP dependency-check’s core analysis engine can be used as:

For help with dependency-check the following resource can be used: