Google provides support for Python security patches

Under the auspices of the Python Software Foundation (PSF for short), the search giant, which brings together the Python programming language and its ecosystem and community, is backed by the search giant with about $ 350,000 and Google Cloud infrastructure. Beyond all that, like in your blog post the company announced it has extended its PSF sponsorship again last year – now in line for 11 years.

The recently announced $ 350,000 cash grant is intended by Google for three designated PSF projects, primarily to protect the Python ecosystem supply chain. Various software distribution supply chains have become popular targets for attackers in recent years, suffice it to think of last year’s SolarWinds scandal, in which attackers infiltrated the systems of U.S. institutions and Fortune 500 companies, and even went unnoticed for about nine months.

Protecting Python is also critical to Google because it is widely used by both Google Cloud and its customers, serving as runtime for a significant portion of cloud services, and the company uses the Python Package Index (PyPi), the official PSF It is deploying a Python repository to distribute hundreds of client libraries and development tools – including the popular TensorFlow machine learning library.

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Accordingly, the above amount will be used to increase security, ie PyPi malware filtering, to develop basic Python tools and services, and to hire a dedicated CPython developer in 2021 to work full-time on the CPython project to help with various development tasks. prioritization. PSF will also once again receive support in the form of Google Cloud infrastructure – this of course does not come as a novelty, Google has already helped the foundation’s critical infrastructure work with its own cloud service.

Also worth noting is that the Google Cloud Public Datasets program now hosts a public dataset with PyPI download statistics and project metadata, which Google promises to update in near real time. Anyone with a Google Account can access the data through BigQuery. Last but not least, Google continues to sponsor the Python Software Foundation to date – and with 11 years of support, the search giant is now the foundation’s top supporter.


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