Google on Tuesday announced the open source availability of OSV-Scanner, a scanner that aims to offer easy access to vulnerability information about various projects.
The Go-based tool, powered by the Open Source Vulnerabilities database, is designed to connect “a project’s list of dependencies with the vulnerabilities that affect them,” Google software engineer Rex Pan in a post shared with The Hacker News.
The idea is to identify all the transitive dependencies of a project and highlight relevant vulnerabilities using data pulled from OSV.dev database.
Google further stated that the open source platform supports 16 ecosystems, counting all major languages, Linux distributions, as well as Android, Linux Kernel, and OSS-Fuzz.
OSV-Scanner arrives nearly two months after Google launched GUAC – short for Graph for Understanding Artifact Composition – to complement Supply chain Levels for Software Artifacts as part of its efforts to harden software supply chain security.
Other recommendations laid out by the company include taking on additional open source security responsibilities and adopting a more holistic approach to addressing risks such as those presented by the Log4j vulnerability and the SolarWinds incident in recent years.