[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Top 10 - Proposal for a Temporary Injunction

Jerry Hoff jerry at owasp.org
Tue Feb 26 09:47:57 UTC 2013

Hello leaders!

As we all know, the OWASP Top 10 - 2013 release candidate list was made available on Feb 15, 2013.  Since then, there has been a lot of controversy on a number of points.  The most pressing - in my opinion - is the methodology used to come up with the top 10.

The OWASP top 10 is BY FAR the most visible and recognizable project in OWASP.  It is used as a de facto standard by which countless organizations around the globe measure their application security.  The issues that are covered by the Top 10 will receive the vast majority of attention from security teams around the world - if there are redundant or needless entries, huge amounts of money will be wasted, and if important risks are not listed on the top 10, they will be largely ignored.

That said - I would like to raise the following issues:

	- What is the methodology used to decide on the "Top 10 risks"?
	- Who exactly is involved in the selection and ordering of these risks?
	- What assurance do organizations have that this list is a true reflection of webapp-related risk
	- Since this is OWASP's most visible flagship project, what assurance do WE in the OWASP community have that this list is an accurate accounting of the top 10 risks intrinsic in web apps? 

Folks - OWASP has grown extremely rapidly in a short amount of time, and as the entire industry matures doing things "like we've always done them" is not sufficient in my opinion.

This most popular project - that essentially speaks and represents all of OWASP - should not be selected arbitrarily and released publicly without answers to the questions above.  

Therefore, I respectfully ask Jeff and Dave not to release the OWASP Top 10 - 2013 edition until a reasonable accompanying methodology and metrics are released outlining how these risks were decided upon.

Is this fair?  I absolutely respect the work Jeff and Dave have put into this project over the years - the top 10 is a large part of what made OWASP the organization it is today.  I also respect their rights as the project owners to do as they see fit.  However, since this project is so critical not only to OWASP, but to the world, I respectfully ask that:

	- a methodology be published 
	- to have an open conversation (perhaps convening a Top 10 Summit) to ensure the top 10 risks are in line with a reasonable methodology

Thank you,

Jerry Hoff
jerry at owasp.org

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