Keith Bostic

IRL Name: 
Keith Bostic

Keith Bostic is an American Software Engineer and one of the key people in the history of Berkeley Software Distribution UNIX and Open Source software. In 1986, Bostic joined the Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) at the University of California, Berkeley.[2] He was one of the principal architects of the Berkeley 2BSD, 4.4BSD and 4.4BSD-Lite releases. Among many other tasks, he led the effort at CSRG to create a free software version of BSD UNIX, which helped allow the creation of FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.

Bostic was a founder of Berkeley Software Design Inc. (BSDi), which produced BSD/OS, a proprietary version of BSD.


Reported an overflow in passwd.c of 4.3BSD bin/passwd.c which was published as CA-1989-01 by CERT Advisory.

Bostic is the author of nvi, a re-implementation of the classic text editor vi and many other standard BSD and Linux utilities.