Bug Bounties

We create bounties that will be paid out to anyone who finds a major security bug in any of our supported projects. These grants will incentivize the world to comb through the code of our projects and look for problems, dramatically improving the world's confidence in the integrity and security of the projects.

Professional Audits

We give grants to well-known professionals or organizations to audit code and look for bugs, clandestine back doors, or other errata that could compromise security. This adds another layer of oversight and integrity checking to reinforce the trust in all of our supported projects.

Direct Funding

We give grants to worthy projects to enable them to hire staff. This will facilitate code changes to implement bug fixes, and make improvements or upgrades to our supported projects, allowing them to advance in quality, features, or proper documentation of code at a much faster pace.

Latest News On OSTIF.org

We are Raising Money to Audit Unbound DNS

We have just completed our review of OpenSSL 1.1.1 with QuarksLab, and we are moving on to our next big project, Unbound DNS! What is Unbound and Why is it Important? One of the core functions of the internet is domain name resolution. This means that when you type in a domain name like ostif.org

The OSTIF and Quarkslab Audit of OpenSSL is Complete

We would like to thank our sponsors Private Internet Access and DuckDuckGo for helping to fund this security review, as well as all of our  donors and individual supporters. This crucial work doesn't happen without support from the community. The quick and dirty: OpenSSL version 1.1.1 was evaluated with special foci on new TLS 1.3 features

OSTIF in 2019 – What to Expect

It has been a while since we have done a round of updates on what we are working on. We have a number of projects that are currently active and more starting up. Throughout 2019 we expect to finish more than twice as many total projects and to continue with our current commitments to transparency

Our Review of the OpenSSL 1.1.1 Random Number Generation Update

We have completed the security review of the new Pseudorandom Number Generator (PRNG) for OpenSSL 1.1.1. This security review was sponsored by Private Internet Access, ExpressVPN, DuckDuckGo, OpenVPN, and the privacy community. Random number generation is a crucial component in all cryptography, because the randomness of numbers is the mechanism that makes secret numbers hard to

OSTIF is Registered and Verified on Benevity

OSTIF is Registered and Verified on Benevity Benevity is a charity donation platform that allows employees at participating companies to directly donate to causes that they support. Hundreds of large companies use Benevity to help their employees with charitable giving. (Google, Apple, Microsoft, ADP, Prudential, Samsung, and many others) Our participation means that millions of people

OSTIF CEO Derek Zimmer has left VikingVPN to join London Trust Media

OSTIF CEO Derek Zimmer has left VikingVPN to join London Trust Media The founder of OSTIF has a new day job, working for London Trust Media as the Vice President of Marketing and Strategy. This offer was made after years of working together with Private Internet Access on the OSTIF project. What this means for OSTIF: -Effective immediately,

OpenSSL and Monero Bulletproofs Audits are Underway!

OpenSSL and Monero Bulletproofs Audits are Underway! We have confirmed that QuarksLab has began the work of reviewing OpenSSL 1.1.1 (the current beta version that implements TLS 1.3, a huge cryptography update.) They are currently working on TLS 1.3 and the updated random number generator to search for biases or other flaws. QuarksLab is also currently