Today, the NTP Security Project announced the first public development release of NTPsec.

NTPsec is an implementation of the “Network Time Protocol” or “NTP”. NTP is how the internet keeps correct time, which is critically important for cybersecurity and for auditing, and is necessary for online finance, cloud computing, media streaming, data storage, email, calendaring, and for keeping the clock on your desktop set.

NTPsec is based on the original reference implementation created by Dr. David L. Mills, now Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware and one of the original creators of the Internet itself.

As a “developer release”, NTPsec 0.9 is offered to open source developers and to government, corporate, and academic software and IT labs for feedback and code contributions. The project uses modern open source community development practice, including Git distributed version control and permissive open source licensing. Development will drive to a production-ready 1.0 release, and beyond.

The goal of the project is to harden against security vulnerabilities and especially against “amplification attacks” that threaten the stability of the entire Internet. The project welcomes the participation of information security researchers, and practices Responsible Disclosure.

About the NTP Security Project

The NTP Security Project is an experienced team with expertise in open source, systems programming, real time operating systems, information security, project management, systems administration, and the historical NTP implementation. The project is currently funded by the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative.

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