The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) has announced a $500,000 investment in three projects designed to improve the open source technology's security and services.
The project will fund the ReproducibleBuilds, Fuzzing Project and FalsePositiveFree Testing initiatives.
The $200,000 ReproducibleBuilds funding aims to help Debian developers Holger Levsen and Jérémy Bobbio's attempts to improve the Debian and Fedora operating systems' security by letting developers independently verify the authenticity of binary distributions.
The feature will help people working on the systems to avoid introducing flaws during the build process and reduce unneeded variations in distribution code.
The $60,000 Fuzzing Project investment will aid security researcher Hanno Böck's efforts to coordinate and improve the fuzzing software testing technique that identifies security problems in software or computer systems.
It has been used successfully to find flaws in high-profile technologies including GnuPG and OpenSSL.
The final $192,000 FalsePositiveFree Testing funding will go to Pascal Cuoq, chief scientist and co-founder of TrustInSoft, in his attempts to build an open source TIS Interpreter that will reduce false positive TIS Analyser threat detections.
The overall funding will be overseen by Linux security expert Emily Ratliff, who expects the initiative to centralise the open source community's security efforts.
"I'm excited to join the Linux Foundation and work on the CII because improving the security of critical open source infrastructure is a bigger problem than any one company can tackle on its own," she said.
"I'm looking forward to working with CII members to more aggressively support underfunded projects and work to change the way the industry protects and fortifies open source software."
The funding follows the discovery of several critical bugs in widely used open source technologies, one of the biggest of which was Heartbleed.
Heartbleed is a flaw in the OpenSSL implementation of the TLS protocol used by open source web servers such as Apache and Nginx, which host around 66 percent of all sites.
The funding is one of many initiatives launched by the Linux Foundation designed to stop future Heartbleed-level flaws. The Linux Foundation announced an open audit of openSSL's security in March.
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