Fuzzbuzz, a graduate of the most recent Y Combinator class, got the kind of news every early-stage startup wants to hear when it landed a $2.7 million seed circular to support consign an exclusive class of automated app testing known as fuzzing in the form of a cloud service.
Fuel Capital led the circular. Homebrew and Susa Ventures also participated, along with various angel investors, including Docker co-founder Solomon Hykes, Mesosphere co-founder Florian Leibert and Looker co-founder Ben Porterfield.
What Fuzzbuzz does specifically is automate fuzzing at scale, says co-founder and CEO Andrei Serban. “It’s a type of automated app testing that can perform thousands of tests per second,” he explained. Fuzzbuzz is also taking merit of artificial intelligence and appliance learning underpinnings to use feedback from the results to generate brand-new tests automatically, so that it should get smarter as it goes along.
The goal is to cover as much of the code as feasible, much faster and more efficiently than mankind testers ever could, and find vulnerabilities and bugs. It’s the kind of testing every company generating code would obviously want to do, but the problem is that up until now the process has been exorbitant and required highly specialized security engineers to undertake. Companies like Google and Facebook are able to hire these kinds of people to build fuzzing solutions, but for the most part, it’s been out of approach for your average company.
Serban says his co-founder, Everest Munro-Zeisberger, worked on the Google Chrome fuzzing group, which has surfaced more than 15,000 bugs using this technique. He wanted to put this type of testing in approach of anyone.
“Today, anyone can commence fuzzing on Fuzzbuzz in less than 20 minutes. We hook directly into GitHub and your CI/CD pipeline, categorize and de-duplicate each bug found, and then notify you through tools like Slack and Jira. Using the Fuzzbuzz CLI, developers can then experiment and fix the bug locally before pushing their code back up to GitHub,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the funding.
It’s still early days, and the startup is working with some initial customers. The funding should support the three founders, Serban, Munro-Zeisberger and Sabera Hussain, to hire more engineers and bring a more finish solution to mart. It’s an ambitious undertaking, but if it succeeds in creating a fuzzing service, it could mean delivering code with fewer bugs, and that would be good for everyone.