Well how about that? Several months ago, I downloaded the Open Source package Wget. This software package is used to recursively download all the web pages of a site to your computer, so you can view the site offline. I had downloaded the software because I was trying to understand how to do Base64 encoding and decoding. In the process of studying their source code, I came across a buffer overflow bug in their code. I wrote them an email explaining the bug and providing a fix for it. This was months ago. I never heard back from them until a couple days ago. They accepted my patch and added it to the program! I am now officially an open source developer!
I don't see a new version of the package available for download yet though. I guess maybe they haven't released the version with my fix in it. I'll have to keep an eye on it and watch for it's release. I hope they didn't put my change in just some other software package and ignore this one..."Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"
- Linus' Law