SecurityFocus: DARPA-Funded Linux Security Hub Withers

“Two years after its hopeful launch, a U.S.-backed research
project aimed at drawing skilled eyeballs to the thankless task of
open-source security auditing is prepared to throw in the

“Initially funded by a research grant from the Pentagon’s
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Sardonix
project aspired to replace the loosely-structured Linux security
review process with a public website that meticulously tracks which
code has been audited for security holes, and by whom.

“As conceived by Oregon-based computer scientist Crispin Cowan,
Sardonix was to attract volunteer auditors by automatically ranking
them according to the amount of code they’ve examined, and the
number of security holes they’ve found. Auditors would lose points
if a subsequent audit by someone else turned up bugs they


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