A large cluster of technology firms have banded together at the offices of the Linux Foundation in order to work on preventing the next Heartbleed from happening.
The companies, and there are a few of them, are forming the Core Infrastructure Initiative. Named participants include Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Cisco, Intel and IBM and together they will extend the community work done at the Foundation.
Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, said: "We are expanding the work we already do for the Linux kernel to other projects that may need support.
"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 percent 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."
The Linux Foundation will oversee it though, and it said that its independent nature made it the perfect host.
"The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a multi-million dollar project housed at The Linux Foundation to fund open source projects that are in the critical path for core computing functions," it says in its own introduction.
"Inspired by the Heartbleed OpenSSL crisis, The Initiative's funds will be administered by the Linux Foundation and a steering group comprised of backers of the project as well as key open source developers and other industry stakeholders. The steering group will work with an advisory board of esteemed open source developers to identify and fund open source projects in need."
More firms are expected and invited to join, and the Linux Foundation said that combined funds from members will support open source projects that preserve ‘global computing infrastructure' and are ‘experiencing under-investment'.
Involved companies are glad to play a part, and they welcomed the Initiative and their opportunity to take part.
Doug Beaver, engineering director of Traffic and Edge at Facebook, said: "Open source software makes today's computing infrastructure possible. Facebook is excited to support these projects and the developers who maintain them. This initiative will help ensure that these core components of internet infrastructure get the assistance they need to respond to new threats and to reach new levels of scale."
Chris DiBona, director of engineering for open source at Google, added: "Google has been a long-time supporter of The Linux Foundation and open source in general, so we're proud to join the Core Infrastructure Initiative. We believe that an open-source approach to online security will ensure that code is constantly improving, making the web a safer place for us all."
The move comes after the founders of the Open SSL movement slammed the wider tech and business communities for not funding the technology, despite using it across their services.
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