GitHub Search: Handy for Some Amazon Sportiness

March 24, 2014

GitHub, an open sourcey operation, is in the news again. Navigate to “AWS Urges Developers to Scrub GitHub of Secret Keys.” ITNews reports that some math club members—sorry, open source folks—have “inadvertently exposed their log-in credentials.”

The write up points out that a search of GitHub “for AWS keys returns almost 10,000 results.” The article notes:

GitHub is a community site where developers post their code and allow collaboration from other interested devs. The problem is developers aren’t taking enough care to ensure their credentials are properly protected.

With the management issues at GitHub, perhaps open source evidences some of the fissures in the open source approach to life, business practices, and, of course, search?

Stephen E Arnold, March 24, 2014


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