What steps should I take to prevent security vulnerabilities when integrating third-party libraries?

Asked 3 months ago

My application relies on several third-party libraries. What steps can I take to ensure these don't introduce security vulnerabilities?

Randy Rivas

Sunday, December 17, 2023

To safeguard your application from vulnerabilities introduced by third-party libraries, firstly, only use reputable libraries with more or less active maintenance and a good security track record. Regularly update libraries to their latest versions to incorporate security patches, and make use of tools and commands like `npm audit` or `Mend SCA` to scan for known vulnerabilities. You should remember to also carefully review library permissions and access controls, and consider using virtual environments or containers to isolate dependencies. Finally, monitor security advisories and community forums for any emerging issues with the libraries you use.

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