Facebook Seeks Open-Source Help for MAC Address Security Tool
MIDAS is a lightweight, scalable tool that helps identify a broad range of potential indicators of compromise on a Mac host.Ever since Facebook started its social-network business in May 2007, the company has been cognizant of its own open-source roots and has made a point ever since of giving back code and tools to the open-source community as a result. In 2008, for example, the fledgling social network released most of the code that runs Facebook Platform. This includes the REST API, FBML parser, FQL parser, and FBJS sanitizer and proxy, along with implementations of many of the popular coding methods and tags. In 2011, Facebook helped create the Open Compute Project, which essentially open sourced the specification for its servers and data center architecture. The OCP has picked up a great deal of momentum within the community ever since. This year, the world's largest social network (1.2 billion members and counting) steered the OCP over to networking. That special-interest group has already lined up key industry partners and has actual products in the pipeline.
Now, Facebook is releasing a series of new open-source software tools on a regular basis. The latest of which, launched Dec. 6, is called MIDAS -- a lightweight, scalable tool that helps identify a broad range of potential indicators of compromise on a MAC host.