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

OSTIF in 2018 – Our Plans for the Future

OSTIF in 2018 - Our Plans for the Future 2017 was a wild ride, with OSTIF raising roughly double the funds that we did the year prior. We've learned a lot along the way, and are working hard to get even more done in 2018. These plans include widening support to more apps, building stronger

OpenSSL Fundraiser Updates – Progress and Thank Yous

November 19th OpenSSL Fundraiser Updates - Progress and Thank Yous Our work fundraising for the massive OpenSSL 1.1.1 project continues. Our project is now up to hundreds of backers and dozens of companies and organizations. I would like to thank OpenVPN Technologies for their continued support (they have donated an additonal $5000), and our new big

OpenSSL Fundraiser Progress Updates

OpenSSL 1.1.1 Fundraising Progress (This post will be updated regularly as we gain more sponsors and progress toward our total goal.) We are happy to announce that we have raised 36% of the money needed to audit OpenSSL 1.1.1 with three weeks of fundraising completed. We expect to meet our goal by years-end if progress continues

The OSTIF Public Books Have Been Updated – Oct 2017

The OSTIF Public Books Have Been Updated - October 2017 We have updated our 2017 Books to current, and they can be viewed here:   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OqWBlNwk5be2c74cRlmYOdhLWPeCjCBAALxYCdMwIaM Highlights since the last major update of the books: -Private Internet Access has become our first Platinum Sponsor. This means that they have committed to contributing $120,000 USD per year, and will

Congratulations to Guido Vranken for earning our first bug bounty!

Security researcher Guido Vranken has had the honor of being our first bug bounty payout totaling $5000 USD for his work on fuzzing OpenVPN 2.4.2 and finding a variety of memsafe and error handling flaws, responsibly disclosing them, and working with OSTIF and the OpenVPN security team to integrate his custom code into the

The OpenSSL 1.1.1 Audit Fundraising has Begun!

The OpenSSL 1.1.1 Audit Fundraising has Begun! What are we doing? Like our other fundraisers, OSTIF is reaching out to the public to fund a thorough and open audit of OpenSSL 1.1.1. This particular version is important because OpenSSL 1.1.1 introduces significant pieces of new code to implement the new TLS 1.3 standard. Millions of websites (including

OSTIF Now Accepts Monero Donations

We have set up the infrastructure to enable donations via Monero. Monero is a fully open-source and decentralized cryptocurrency that improves on the privacy shortcomings of Bitcoin through obfuscation technologies like RingCT and is currently working on an i2p based routing system to further privatize transactions, called Kovri. The Monero project has been instrumental in improving

The OSTIF Bug Bounty Program has Officially Begun

The OSTIF Bug Bounty Program has Officially Begun We are proud to announce that the pilot program for OSTIF bug bounties has started. This means that researchers around the world can now find application and security flaws in OpenVPN and VeraCrypt for monetary and career-building rewards. The maximum award for OpenVPN and VeraCrypt is a $5000

How to install a hidden Windows 7 Operating System with VeraCrypt

We have just posted our Windows 7 hidden operating system guide on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFfl-YGsOGA In this guide, we show you how to create a VeraCrypt Windows 7 hidden operating system. This enables you to hide your operating system within an encrypted partition, creating data assurance for your OS and maximum privacy. VeraCrypt is powerful, free, open-source