Google, Microsoft, Facebook Fund Project to Stop Next Heartbleed

Google, Microsoft, Facebook Fund Project to Stop Next Heartbleed

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Technology companies within the Linux Foundation will each commit to donating at least $100,000 a year for the next three years to improve software infrastructure.

The Heartbleed bug exposed the weaknesses of secure software like OpenSSL and put the information of Internet users at risk. Technology companies don't want a repeat of Heartbleed either, so the Linux Foundation has launched a new project as a response to the crisis.

The project, called the Core Infrastructure Initiative, will fund open source projects and the critical software infrastructure. The Linux Foundation will not direct where the money goes; instead, members of the foundation will decide. Members like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon Web Services will each donate at least $100,000 a year for the next three years. So far, the foundation has $3.6 million to use toward the Core Infrastructure Initiative.

In addition to working on OpenSSL, potential projects include ModSSL, PGP, and OpenCryptolab. Funding will support developers to work full time on the open source project, security audits, computing and test infrastructure, travel, and face-to-face meetings.

OpenSSL is definitely the priority because of Heartbleed. Speaking with The Verge, Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin said, "After we're done updating our software and swapping our certificates, what can we learn? What can be done differently. Obviously, in retrospect, I wish we had done this a long time ago."

Source: Linux Foundation via The Verge

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And the project is called: Google, Microsoft and Facebook

Well certainly more money then the average open source project ever gets, but for these companies probably less then they spend on toilet paper... yet they base their own infrastructure on such poorly supported developments.

And at least one of these will look for a backdoor to keep the personal information flowing to better sell it. Lucky for me, I don't use that service.

so, wait.

Microsoft and all the companies are free to give our information to the NSA, but now they want to prevent the next heartbleed that agencies like the NSA use?

uh-huh.....

I feel like it's more about making it harder to detect.

Kalezian:
so, wait.

Microsoft and all the companies are free to give our information to the NSA, but now they want to prevent the next heartbleed that agencies like the NSA use?

uh-huh.....

I feel like it's more about making it harder to detect.

Ignorance is bliss. To quote men in black "the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT! " We know we are being lied to and there secrets but the fact remains we would rather feel safe then know the truth. Look at the Homeland security biggest waist of money there is but it grants the illusion they are protecting us.

Yes Yes, because nothing says securing the rights, privacy and security of users of the Internet quite like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. These clowns created the concepts of widespread surveillance and data mining. But don't worry they will spend vast amounts to insure that no one else will ever be able to see your secure information again, at least not without paying them for their services.

Yes, because the next iteration will be completely hackproof, honest guv, no worries....

faefrost:
Yes Yes, because nothing says securing the rights, privacy and security of users of the Internet quite like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook.

You misunderstand. In truth, nothing says securing the rights, privacy and security of internet users quite like big companies saying they're going to spend money on it.

These clowns created the concepts of widespread surveillance and data mining. But don't worry they will spend vast amounts to insure that no one else will ever be able to see your secure information again, at least not without paying them for their services.

It's a constant uphill battle. These clowns are smart enough to know that information means control...so we need to keep tabs on them.

first of all, they are not spending "vast amounts of money". they are spending 100.000 dollars each. Thats lunch money for either of the big three. the positive PR from this would have cost them more anyway.

I also like how the big corporations still continue to think that the best way to solve problems is to throw money at them.

 

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