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

The VeraCrypt Audit Results

The QuarksLab audit of VeraCrypt has been completed, and this is the public release of the results. The quick and dirty: VeraCrypt 1.18 and its bootloaders were evaluated. This release included a number of new features including non-western developed encryption options, a boot loader that supports UEFI (modern BIOSes), and more. QuarksLab found: 8 Critical Vulnerabilities 3 Medium Vulnerabilities 15

MySQL 0-day Vulnerability Underscores the Need for OSTIF

On September 12th of this month, MySQL, the #1 database software in the world, suffered a 0-day exposure of a bug of the worst kind. It allows an authenticated remote attacker to take full control of any server running the software, regardless of the user's privileges in the database. This Escalation of Privilege vulnerability is a serious

OSTIF + QuarksLab Audit of VeraCrypt Completed – Phase II Begins

OSTIF + QuarksLab Audit of VeraCrypt Completed - Phase II Begins The audit of VeraCrypt has been completed, and the final report is being created over the coming days. The VeraCrypt developers have the preliminary results and we are working with both VeraCrypt and QuarksLab on the timetable for releasing results. Why aren't results released immediately? In

OSTIF, QuarksLab, and VeraCrypt E-mails are Being Intercepted

OSTIF, QuarksLab, and VeraCrypt E-mails are Being Intercepted As we have began the process of staging our audit, we have set up PGP encrypted communications between OSTIF, QuarksLab, and the lead developer of the VeraCrypt project. In these communications we have discussed vulnerability information, processes and procedures for reporting findings, and exchanged confidential information about

We Have Come to an Agreement to Get VeraCrypt Audited

OSTIF is proud to announce that we have come to an agreement to fully fund an audit of VeraCrypt. Using funds that were donated by DuckDuckGo and VikingVPN, we plan to hire QuarksLab to go over the code and search for vulnerabilities and backdoors. VeraCrypt is a crucial piece of open-source software that can encrypt

We Are Excited To Announce a New Member of Our Team!

We are proud to announce the addition of a new member of our team! Samara Renovato is joining us to help manage our PR and Social Media operations. She is a student at the University of Chicago studying Psychology. With a new focus on how people interact with one another in the contemporary digital

OSTIF Transparency – We are opening up our books

OSTIF Transparency - We are opening up our books Edit: Our public books were last updated on 9/16/2016 In an effort to increase our transparency about where money in our organization goes, we are opening up our books to scrutiny by the public. You can see how our money is spent and when. We invite any

A Special Thank You to DuckDuckGo for Supporting OSTIF and VeraCrypt

DuckDuckGo, the privacy search engine that does not track its users, has made a $25,000 contribution to the OSTIF, with the funds earmarked for the VeraCrypt project. These funds will be instrumental in supporting our goals of strengthening VeraCrypt and will directly assist the project in moving forward. DuckDuckGo's business model is significantly different from