Quirks in Tech

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Tech giants, chastened by Heartbleed, finally agree to fund OpenSSL ∞

OpenSSL’s bare-bones operations are in stark contrast to some other open source projects that receive sponsorship from corporations relying on their code. Chief among them is probably the Linux operating system kernel, which has a foundation with multiple employees and funding from HP, IBM, Red Hat, Intel, Oracle, Google, Cisco, and many other companies. Workers at some of these firms spend large amounts of their employers’ time writing code for the Linux kernel, benefiting everyone who uses it.

That’s never been the case with OpenSSL, but the Linux Foundation wants to change that. The foundation today is announcing a three-year initiative with at least $3.9 million to help under-funded open source projects—with OpenSSL coming first. Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Qualcomm, Rackspace, and VMware have all pledged to commit at least $100,000 a year for at least three years to the “Core Infrastructure Initiative,” Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin told Ars.

To be clear, the money will go to multiple open source projects—OpenSSL will get a portion of the funding but likely nowhere close to the entire $3.9 million. The initiative will identify important open source projects that need help in addition to OpenSSL.

This is really excellent news: the large companies and organizations that rely on open-source critical infrastructure projects need to (ideally) contribute back through either code contributions of financial support. Hopefully we’ll not just see money but efforts to improve and develop the code of these projects, projects which often are the hidden veins that enable contemporary Internet experiences.

Apr 24, 2014

Heartbleed may lead to more security audits, advanced security services ∞

Missed this when it went up, but posting because I think it touches on something that is important to track as things move forward: despite experts inside and outside of industry recognizing the need for more audits of critical packages like OpenSSL, will resources actually be devoted to enable such work?

Apr 20, 2014

Heartbleed bug shows governments slow to react ∞

Apr 15, 2014

How do you fix two-thirds of the web in secret? ∞

If you’re interested in why it’s so hard to patch a huge portion of the Internet in secret, and what forced the (relatively) early public disclosure of Heartbleed, then this is a good article to read.

Apr 11, 2014

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