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The Open Source Hardening Project is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiative designed to improve the security of open source code. The infrastructure of many systems that are critical in the U.S., such as the Internet and financial institutions, run on open-source software. As a result, ensuring the security of these systems is very important. This is why the Department of Homeland Security provided grants to the participants of the Open Source Hardening Project.
The main priorities of the Open Source Hardening Project initiative include:
Other priorities include:
In collaboration with the U.S. government, Coverity Inc. uses scans to prevent, identify and fix security problems in open-source software. The security level of an open-source software program is classified in rungs.