Google has introduced GUAC (Graph for Understanding Artifact Composition), an open-source framework aimed at helping organizations secure their software supply chains.
GUAC aggregates software security metadata from various sources into a graph database, enabling organizations to understand the relationships between different pieces of software and assess their impact on one another.
The framework allows developers to integrate their own tools and policy engines using GUAC’s API. By consolidating information from Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) documents, vulnerability feeds, and internal metadata, GUAC provides actionable insights into the security posture of software supply chains, aiding in identifying risks, generating patch plans, and responding to security compromises.
GUAC’s purpose is to address supply chain attacks by certifying compromised builders and identifying affected artifacts. With the framework in place, the chief information security officer can create policies to prevent the use of software within the blast radius of a compromised builder.
By visualizing the relationships between artifacts, packages, and repositories, GUAC helps organizations gain a comprehensive understanding of their software security position. The goal is to enhance risk assessment, facilitate effective patching, and enable prompt responses to security incidents.
With its flexible and customizable nature, GUAC empowers developers to leverage the framework according to their specific needs and integrate it seamlessly into their software development processes.