The fallout from the Heartbleed bug has been incredibly widespread. The EFF classed the vulnerability as catastrophic and it has come to light that some sensitive data had been stolen due to the issue. In the face of something like this ever happening again, the Linux Foundation has brought together a collection of high-profile tech companies to form the Core Infrastructure Initiative.
The idea of the Initiative is to identify open source projects that require assistance and fund their ongoing development. To this end Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, Vmware have all joined the Linux Foundation to provide this financial aid. The first project on the agenda is OpenSSL.
“We are expanding the work we already do for the Linux kernel to other projects that may need support,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “Our global economy is built on top of many open source projects. Just as The Linux Foundation has funded Linus Torvalds to be able to focus 100% on Linux development, we will now be able to support additional developers and maintainers to work full-time supporting other essential open source projects. We are thankful for these industry leaders’ commitment to ensuring the continued growth and reliability of critical open source projects such as OpenSSL.”
You can read more about the project from the announcement blog on the Linux Foundation website. This is a bold new step to help FOSS projects that form the backbone of modern society.