Last Updated: August 25, 2022

White Paper: Mitigate Dependency Confusion Risks

Any software built with both internal and external dependencies is susceptible to dependency confusion attacks, the most popular class of new cyberattacks. Is your organization at risk? Learn about dependency confusion and how you can protect your software development processes.

Package managers have dramatically lowered the overhead of code reuse, leading to modern software’s heavy reliance on third-party dependencies. Knowing this, however, bad actors exploit the trust that organizations have in code reuse, targeting programming language package managers, open source public repositories and binary artifact repositories.

This white paper explores the most popular class of new cyberattacks, dependency confusion, which exploits software that uses a mix of both internal and external dependencies. Software development processes that don’t implement safeguards can become “confused” into installing a compromised external dependency.

Learn about:

  • What is dependency confusion – including its various forms
  • How dependency confusion puts your organization at risk
  • Best practices to mitigate dependency confusion risks