A Review of the Linux Kernel’s Vulnerability Reporting and Remediation

The Linux Foundation has sponsored a review of the Linux Kernel's practices and policies around how security vulnerabilities are reported to the kernel team, how those reports are processed and addressed, and how those vulnerabilities are disclosed to the public. OSTIF, working with the team at Atredis Partners and a…

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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…

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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…

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OSTIF in 2019 – What to Expect
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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…

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The OSTIF and QuarksLab Audit of Monero Bulletproofs is Complete – Critical Bug Patched
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The OSTIF and QuarksLab Audit of Monero Bulletproofs is Complete – Critical Bug Patched

Bulletproofs are a specific type of range proof based on new cryptography by Benedikt Bunz et al. Bulletproofs are a trustless proofs setup that are substantially smaller than the current Borromean style range proofs that were previously used, which reduces the size of Monero transactions by 80-90%. Monero’s latest network update,…

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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 OpenSSL1.1.1. 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 guess. Problems…

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The Audit of OpenVPN is Complete

The Audit of OpenVPN is Complete We have confirmed with QuarksLab that the security review of OpenVPN 2.4.0 is complete, and that they are now documenting the results. The process will then proceed as follows: QuarksLab will securely give these results to the OpenVPN security team on April 7th. The…

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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…

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