PVS-Studio and Bug Bounties on Free and Open Source Software

    PVS-Studio gives bugsThe European Union launched in January, another big hunt for bugs in open-source software projects. The total prize fund is about 850 thousand euros. Now give a hint. One way to find errors in the source code of programs is to use static code analyzers. For example, you can use PVS-Studio for these purposes, especially since a new version of its free licensing for open source projects was recently proposed.

    Recently we were sent a link to the following publication: " In January, the EU starts running Bug Bounties on Free and Open Source Software ." This is interesting news, and the topic is close to us, as we regularly search for errors by checking open projects. In particular, we have already found bugs in some of the projects in which, according to the competition, we need to look for errors: Notepad ++ ( 1 , 2 , 3 ), GNU C Library , 7-Zip .

    However, our company will not be able to make money on it. Just because it is not clear how this can be done legally. Yes, our employees can take part in the competition. But they will still act as private individuals anyway. Actually, if one of them does this in his spare time, then we are not against it and wish them good luck. The main thing is that it does not distract them from the main work :).

    And naturally, in addition to our employees, anyone who wants can do search for errors using PVS-Studio. Moreover, it has become easy if you are dealing with open source projects. I suggest to get acquainted with the article: " Free PVS-Studio for those who develop open projects ." And we wish everyone good luck in the hunt for bugs!

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