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Jordan Harband

Principal open source architect

HeroDevs

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Jordan Harband
Panel: Life after the xz utils backdoor hack
12:35 PM - 1:20 PM EST
In late March, we all dealt with yet another attack on a popular open source project; this time, in the Linux-level package used for file compression called xz utils. What was most sinister about this attack, though, was how deeply it impacted trust within the open source community. The attacker spent years engineering multiple sock puppet accounts to gain the trust of the volunteer xz utils maintainer. In this panel moderated by Tidelift VP of product Lauren Hanford, we’ll talk to Josh Bressers of Anchore; Jordan Harband, prolific Javascript maintainer; Rachel Stephens from RedMonk; and Terrence Fischer from Boeing to get a diverse mix of perspectives on how this changes the landscape of open source software supply chain security.

About Jordan Harband

Jordan Harband is an open source maintainer, specifically in JavaScript, and the principal open source architect at HeroDevs. He's also a web application developer, database administrator, network engineer, teacher, childcare—he wears many hats. His focus is JavaScript, standards, frontend web development, full stack (frontend + backend + db) architecture design, and overall object oriented code optimization. He maintains many open source projects: see https://npmjs.com/~ljharb and https://www.github.com/ljharb