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When containers become a nightmare

Containers, certainly containers running on public clouds, are really old hat by now. These self-contained, lightweight software packages come with their own runtime environment and are relocatable from platform to platform, typically without significant changes to code. Containers include an application as well as its dependencies, such as libraries, other binaries, and configuration files needed to run them.

Containers are one of the most popular application development approaches, also supporting the “wrapping” of applications existing within containers, but there are flaws and vulnerabilities that are systemic to containers. This has made using them one of the scarier things for cloud security specialists and a preferred attack vector for wrongdoers.

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