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Homeland Security Helps Reduce Open Source Flaws

May 20, 2008, 14:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Nearly two and a half years ago, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a multi-year grant to help improve open source code quality. It appears that the DHS investment has paid off.

"According to a report from code analysis vendor Coverity, the DHS sponsored effort has helped to reduce the defect density in 250 open source projects by 16 percent over the past two years. That defect reduction translates into the elimination of over 8,500 defects. The report on the benefits of the DHS open source security efforts comes at a time when open source software is increasingly becoming part of critical infrastructure both in the government and in US enterprises..."

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