Coverity has announced “Rung 2” and that 11 open source projects have achieved “Rung 2”. This means that they have resolved all Rung 1 defects found by the latest release of Coverity Prevent. There is news coverage at news.com: 11 open-source projects certified as secure which claims that the projects “have been certified as free of security defects”. The 11 projects with bragging rights are Amanda, NTP, OpenPAM, OpenVPN, Overdose, Perl, PHP, Postfix, Python, Samba, and TCL. The Coverity announcement itself says “resolved all of the defects identified at Rung 1”. Looking at the Rung 2 page, it appears to me that there are uninspected defects remaining at Rung 2 which may or may not represent actual defects (and/or actual security flaws), so I’m not sure that the news article’s claim is justified. I also would quibble with the use of the word “certified” which is at risk of becoming overused and rendered meaningless when applied in this context. Despite my quibbles with the news story, Coverity has done us all a major service by exercising their excellent source scanning tools on hundreds of open source projects and reporting the results in a controlled fashion. The 11 projects: Amanda, NTP, OpenPAM, OpenVPN, Overdose, Perl, PHP, Postfix, Python, Samba, and TCL, have done themselves proud by grinding through the reports and fixing defects found. Thanks to Homeland Security for sponsoring this effort, I appreciate this use of taxpayer money. Congratulations and a hearty Thanks! to Coverity and Amanda, NTP, OpenPAM, OpenVPN, Overdose, Perl, PHP, Postfix, Python, Samba, and TCL!

http://scan.coverity.com/
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9843682-7.html?tag=nefd.top
http://scan.coverity.com/rung2.html