OWASP Dependency Check
The purpose of dependency-check is to help notify developers and security professionals of the problem discussed by Jeff Williams and Arshan Dabirsiaghi in their talk at AppSec DC 2012 titled "The Unfortunate Reality of Insecure Libraries". The gist of their presentation 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).
Currently, dependency-check is (java) command line tool that scans directories and files. If it contains an Analyzer that can scan a particular file type then information from the file is collected. This information is then used to identify the Common Platform Enumeration (CPE). If a CPE is identified a listing of associated Common Vulnerability and Exposure (CVE) entries are listed in a report.
Dependency-check automatically updates itself using the NVD Data Feeds hosted by NIST. IMPORTANT NOTE: The initial download of the data may take 5 minutes or more, if you run the tool at least once every 7 days only a small XML file needs to be downloaded to keep the local copy of the data current.
More information about dependency-check can be found on the github dependency-check site.
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