After attack, SourceForge speeds move to new security model

SourceForge is scanning all projects to ensure code hasn't been tampered with

The open-source software development site SourceForge is speeding up its move to a new a security model following a targeted attack that may have compromised the passwords of its large user base.

SourceForge, which hosts more than 260,000 projects, discovered the attack last Wednesday. It believes the attack was aimed at capturing passwords.

"Our analysis uncovered (among other things) a hacked SSH daemon, which was modified to do password capture," the organization said on its blog. "We don't have reason to believe the attacker was successful in collecting passwords. But, the presence of this daemon and server level access to one-way hashed, and encrypted, password data led us to take the precautionary measure of invalidating all SourceForge user account passwords."

Other people suggested the attack may have been aimed at corrupting projects hosted on SourceForge, and a review of code is under way to ensure data hasn't been tampered with. Users were also sent an e-mail informing them to reset their passwords. SourceForge said it expected access to projects to be restored early this week.

"We recognize that we could get services back online faster if we cut corners on data validation," SourceForge said. "We know downtime causes serious inconveniences for some of you. But given the negative consequences of corrupted data, we feel it's vital to take the time to validate everything that could potentially have been touched."

In the aftermath of the attack, SourceForge said it would accelerate the implementation of a new security model already under way. Many security decisions were made 10 years ago, but the site has grown from a few hundred users to millions.

SourceForge has been improving the security of Project Web, which is a general Web hosting platform that lets developers host Web pages, demos and deploy third-party Web applications.

"This new secure Project Web includes a new security model that moves us away from shared hosting while preserving the scalability we need for mass hosting," according to the blog post. "Because of this attack we'll be accelerating the rollout of Secure Project Web services as part of the process of bringing the project web service back online."

SourceForge is also looking to move projects off of CVS, a system for keeping track of software versions, to Subversion, another version tracker.

"We are also considering the end-of-life of the CVS service and hope to have user support in migrating CVS users to Subversion in coming months," SourceForge said. "Subversion generally provides parity to CVS commands, and many of our users have made this transition successfully in the past.

SourceForge is owned by Geeknet, a publicly traded company that is based in the U.S.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags open sourceapplication developmentsecuritydata breachsoftwareSourceForge

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?