Use GitHub Vulnerability Alerts to Keep Users of Your R Packages Safe

Despite their now inherent evil status, GitHub has some tools other repository aggregators do not. One such tool is the free vulnerability alert service which will scan repositories for outdated+vulnerable dependencies. Now, “R” is nowhere near a first-class citizen in the internet writ large, including software development tooling (e.g. the Travis-CI and GitLab continuous integration… Continue reading

GDPR Unintended Consequences Part 1 — Increasing WordPress Blog Exposure

I pen this mini-tome on “GDPR Enforcement Day”. The spirit of GDPR is great, but it’s just going to be another Potempkin Village in most organizations much like PCI or SOX. For now, the only thing GDPR has done is made GDPR consulting companies rich, increased the use of javascript on web sites so they… Continue reading

Pym.js Library Vulnerability in widgetframe Package

What’s Up? The NPR Visuals Team created and maintains a javascript library that makes it super easy to embed iframes on web pages and have said documents still be responsive. The widgetframe R htmlwidget uses pym.js to bring this (much needed) functionality into widgets and (eventually) shiny apps. NPR reported a critical vulnerability in this… Continue reading

Armchair Quarterbacking Systemic Organization and Industry Failures

insert(post, “{ ‘standard_disclaimer’ : ‘My opinion, not my employer\’s’ }”) This is a post about the fictional company FredCo. If the context or details presented by the post seem familiar, it’s purely coincidental. This is, again, a fictional story. Let’s say FredCo had a pretty big breach that (fictionally) garnered media, Twitterverse, tech-world and Government-level… Continue reading