Like any area of tech, open source needs its own security measures to thrive without a hitch. A major benefit that organisations gain from using open source tech is that it’s freely available and not distributed from a particular proprietor.
The ‘open source’ aspect refers to the code, and can be found within databases, applications and operating systems, among other software. This code can be changed to suit the needs of the business. However, being available from the public domain, this realm will have its own potential vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit.
Open source applications, for all their arrays of use cases, can be compromised if those responsible for their security aren’t on top of any possible vulnerabilities.
[Source: Information Age]