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Open Source Security Foundation

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Open Source Security Foundation
PredecessorCore Infrastructure Initiative
Formation2020; 4 years ago (2020)
PurposeConsolidating industry efforts to improve the security of open source software
Region served
General Manager
Omkhar Arasaratnam
Parent organization
Linux Foundation
Websiteopenssf.org Edit this at Wikidata

The Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) is a cross-industry forum for collaborative improvement of open-source software security.[2][3] Part of the Linux Foundation, the OpenSSF works on various technical and educational initiatives to improve the security of the open-source software ecosystem.[4]



The OpenSSF was formed in August 2020 as the successor to the Core Infrastructure Initiative, another Linux Foundation project.[5][6]

In October 2021, Brian Behlendorf was announced as the OpenSSF's first full-time general manager.[7] In May 2023, OpenSSF announced Omkhar Arasaratnam as its new general manager, and Behlendorf became CTO of the organization.[8]



Working Groups and Projects


The OpenSSF houses various initiatives under its 10 current working groups.[9][10] The OpenSSF also houses two projects: the code signing and verification service Sigstore[11] and Alpha-Omega, a large-scale effort to improve software supply chain security.[12]



The White House held a meeting on software security with government and private sector stakeholders on January 13, 2022.[13] In May 2022, the OpenSSF hosted a follow-up meeting, the Open Source Software Security Summit II, where participants from industry agreed on a 10-point Open Source Software Security Mobilization Plan, which received $30 million in funding commitments.[14][15] In August 2023, the OpenSSF served as an advisor for DARPA's AI Cyber Challenge (AIxCC), a competition around innovation around AI and cybersecurity.[16] In September 2023, the OpenSSF hosted the Secure Open Source Software Summit with the White House, where government agencies and companies discussed security challenges and initiatives around open source software.[17]

See also



  1. ^ "Members". Open Source Security Foundation. Retrieved 2024-07-12.
  2. ^ "Google, Microsoft, GitHub, and Others Join the Open Source Security Foundation". infoq.com. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Uniting for better open-source security: The Open Source Security Foundation". ZDNet. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  4. ^ "OpenSSF details advancements in open-source security efforts". VentureBeat. 2022-06-21. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  5. ^ Anderson, Tim. "Linux Foundation rolls bunch of overlapping groups into one to tackle growing number of open-source security vulns". www.theregister.com. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  6. ^ "Home". Core Infrastructure Initiative. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  7. ^ "Tech giants commit $10M annually to Open Source Security Foundation". VentureBeat. 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  8. ^ danwillis (2023-05-12). "Cross-industry organisation OpenSSF snaps up $5m". FinTech Global. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  9. ^ Zorz, Mirko (2024-07-12). "Enhancing open source security: Insights from the OpenSSF on addressing key challenges". Help Net Security. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  10. ^ "OpenSSF Working Groups". Open Source Security Foundation. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  11. ^ Vizard, Mike (2022-10-27). "Sigstore Code Signing Service Becomes Generally Available". DevOps.com. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  12. ^ Vaughan-Nichols, Steven J. (2022-10-06). "Alpha-Omega Dishes out Cash to Secure Open Source Projects". The New Stack. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  13. ^ House, The White (2022-01-14). "Readout of White House Meeting on Software Security". The White House. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  14. ^ Vaughan-Nichols, Steven J. (2023-01-24). "OpenSSF Aimed to Stem Open Source Security Problems in 2022". The New Stack. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  15. ^ Page, Carly (2022-05-16). "Tech giants pledge $$ to boost open source software security". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2023-05-22.
  16. ^ "DARPA AI Cyber Challenge Aims to Secure Nation's Most Critical Software". www.darpa.mil. Retrieved 2023-09-27.
  17. ^ Vasquez, Christian (2023-09-13). "Washington summit grapples with securing open source software". CyberScoop. Retrieved 2023-09-27.