The Linux Foundation is launching a project to support and maintain critical open-source projects since the discovery of the Heartbleed bug that left potentially sensitive Internet traffic around the world vulnerable.
It's starting with OpenSSL. Just a few weeks ago the Heartbleed coding bug was discovered in the popular encryption protocol after existing for two years in the wild.
Although it's relied upon by some major tech companies and many other entities, including governments, OpenSSL is maintained by a group of fewer than a dozen encryption enthusiasts around the world and just one full-time employee, who works out of a home office near Frederick, Md. In the year leading up to the bug's discovery, the group had received less than $2,000 in donations.
"Open source historically has produced high quality and highly secure software," the Foundation said in a statement announcing the project. "But as all software has grown in complexity – with interoperability between highly complex systems now the standard – the needs for developer support has grown."