Homeland Security Trains Spotlights on Open Source

The Department of Homeland Security — the government body tasked with maintaining security in the United States — wants to leave no stone unturned, and to do so, has uncovered security holes in nearly two hundred Open Source projects.

The projects included well-known ventures like the Linux operating system, Firefox browser, and Apache web server, as well as popular programming languages like Python and PHP. The program — a joint effort between DHS, commercial venture Coverity, and Stanford University — began in 2006, and has advanced only eleven of the 180 identified projects to the second level of bug fixes.

The venture, dubbed the "Open Source Hardening Project," stems from the government's strong interest in Open Source software for cost and vendor relations.

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