2010: Improving upon the Thandy software updater for the Tor private
browser, Justin Samuel and Justin Cappos collaborate to design and publish an
academic research paper on The Update Framework (TUF).
2011: TUF Project moves to New York University Polytechnic School of
Engineering (later NYU Tandon School of Engineering) when Justin Cappos
accepts a post as an assistant professor at the Brooklyn, NY, school.
2013: Justin Cappos, Trishank Kuppusamy, and Vladimir Diaz begin research
into adapting and improving TUF for Python, Ruby, and other environments used
for cloud computing.
2013: PEP 458, the first of
two Python Enhancement Proposals dealing with TUF is published.
“Surviving a Compromise of PyPI” details
the integration of TUF into the Python package manager.
2014: Flynn becomes the first tech organization to adopt TUF when
it independently implements the program in its Go programming language.
2014: PEP 480, a
maximum security version of PEP 458, is published.
2015: Docker launches Notary, an implementation of TUF
used to publish and manage trusted collections of content. It also launches
Docker Content Trust, which uses Notary to sign and verify container images.
2016: Diplomat: Using Delegations to Protect Community Repositories
is presented at NSDI 2016. The subject of the paper, Diplomat, is the first of several
TUF adaptations developed to address a specific identified problem in practice.
In this case,
the problem was the need for faster registration of new projects on community
repositories without sacrificing security. It also introduced the concept
of delegation of trust.
2016: A consortium including NYU Tandon (Cappos, Kuppusamy, Diaz, Awwad),
the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and the
Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), begin developing Uptane, another evolution of
TUF designed to protect updates for vehicles from being easily compromised by rogue
2016: Uptane: Securing Software Updates for Automobiles is presented at
2017: Uptane is officially introduced at press events in Ann Arbor, MI, and
2017: Mercury: Bandwidth-Effective Prevention of Rollback Attacks Against
Community Repositories is presented at USENIX ATC 2017. Mercury is another TUF
adaptation, and was developed to protect against rollback attacks on community repositories at
a reasonable bandwidth cost.
2017: Uptane is named one of the year's most important innovations in
security by Popular Science.
2017: The Linux Foundation announces at Open Source Summit
Europe that it was adding TUF as the 14th hosted project for its Cloud Native
2018: Aktualizr, an open source C++ implementation of Uptane developed by Advanced Telematic Systems (now HERE technologies), is integrated into Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). AGL, a collaborative open source project of the Linux
Foundation, has been adopted by a number of U.S. and international manufacturers.
2018: NYU Tandon School of Engineering becomes an associate member of the Linux Foundation and a Bronze member of AGL on the strength of the Foundation’s adoption of Uptane and TUF projects.
2018: The Uptane Alliance, a nonprofit entity organized under the umbrella of IEEE’s International Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO), is formed to oversee development of standards for the secure implementation/deployment of Uptane.
2019: IEEE-ISTO 6184.108.40.206 Uptane Standard for Design and Implementation is released.
2019: Uptane becomes a Linux Foundation Joint Development Foundation project.
2019: TUF is awarded graduate status within the organization, signifying completion of a series of steps needed to move the project to the highest level of maturity in the CNCF. In achieving this status, TUF becomes both the first security project and the first project led by an academic researcher to graduate within CNCF.