A Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) is getting more and more important in the software supply chain. In this blog, you will learn what an SBOM is and how to build the SBOM in an automated way. Enjoy!

1. Introduction

An SBOM is a list of software components that makes up a software product. This way, it becomes transparent which software libraries, components, etc., and their versions are used in the software product. As a consequence, you will be able to react more adequately when a security vulnerability is reported. You only need to check the SBOMs for the vulnerable library, and you will know immediately which applications are impacted by the vulnerability. The SBOM of a library or application you want to use can also help you in your decision-making. It will become more common ground that software suppliers will be forced to deliver an up-to-date SBOM with each software delivery. Based on this information, you can make a risk assessment of whether you want to use the library or application.

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