The developers of the VPN service Private Internet Access (PIA) decided to open their source code. According to them, within the next six months, the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community will receive the source code for all of its all client applications, starting with the PIA extension for the Chrome browser.
“Our code may not be perfect, and we hope that the FOSS community will help us,” the PIA blog reported.
The source code for the PIA extension for Chrome (turns off the microphone, camera and Adobe Flash plug-in on the device, prevents the disclosure of the IP address, and also blocks ads and trackers) has already been published on GitHub. The exact date of publication of the codes of the other client products is still unknown.
As the developers themselves noted, their code is not ideal. For example, in 2015, it found a vulnerability, leading to the leakage of IP-addresses. By providing their product for research to a wider public, the developers hope to make the PIA more reliable. So far, there have been no reports of detected vulnerabilities in the extension for Chrome published on the GitHub.