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SAP Asks Microsoft, Apple to Share Hacker-Fighting Intelligence

26/01/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


SAP SE is trying to marshal business technology’s biggest suppliers to gather hacker-fighting intelligence following a spate of security problems with open-source software.

The biggest maker of business applications has contacted companies including Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc about sharing information on analyses of the weaknesses in open-source code, which is generally free to run and available for the user community to improve, according to Gordon Muehl, Chief Technology Officer for security at Walldorf, Germany-based SAP.

More cooperation among the business-software makers could help stanch security flaws found in the open-source programs, which increasingly touch online services and devices used by billions of people. A flaw called Heartbleed, discovered last spring, left hundreds of thousands of servers and routers vulnerable to attack. Another one, Shellshock, emerged in September.

“In the aftermath of Heartbleed, it’s clear open source isn’t totally secure,” Muehl said. “A computer program looks at the code and says, ‘This or that might be a problem’. Those computer programs only give you a ‘might be,’ so you need expert work to look into that.”

Muehl plans to address managers from International Business Machines Corp, Microsoft and about 20 other companies about his proposal in March. He spoke with Apple Chief Information Officer Niall O’Connor about it in October.

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