Heartbleed - as the security bug has come to be known - affected 17 percent of all secure websites and 500 000 services, including
The error happened because of a lack of adequate funding. In an average year the
A hefty amount of abuse has been hurled at the poor developers but it's hard to dedicate much attention to something - no matter how important - when there is no money to pay for what promises to be quite time-consuming labour.
OpenSSL is not alone. There are hundreds of unglamorous bits of plumbing upon which the internet depends - from components which allow e-mail servers to communicate, to load-balancing systems which prevent websites falling over, to file-sharing tools which mean that blurry image of your cat goes on to
A large number of these components are open source projects started by enthusiasts at the dawn of
"Open Source" has been used as a weird bandage, like the miracle that keeps on giving. It's a reliance on exceptionally talented people to donate their time in support of the common good.
Weirdly enough, it's been a sufficiently reasonable assumption that has worked to grow the internet to an astounding size. But now the internet is really, really big and reliance on unpaid volunteers to secure the internet has gone as far as it can go.
These companies will each donate
Well-funded critical open source projects ensure their long-term sustainability.
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