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Why open-source DNS is 'internet's dirty little secret'

Sep 23, 2009, 14:03 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Toby Wolpe)

"Are you talking about open-source software?
Correct. So, whether it's Eircom in Ireland or a Brazilian ISP that was attacked earlier this year, all of them were using some variant of freeware. Freeware is not akin to malware, but is opening up those customers to problems. So we've seen the majority of the world's top ISPs migrating away from freeware to a solution that is carrier-grade, commercial-grade and secure.

"What characterises that open-source, freeware legacy DNS that you think makes it weaker? Number one is in terms of security controls. If I have a secret way of blocking a hacker from attacking my software, if it's freeware or open source, the hacker can look at the code.

"By virtue of something being open source, it has to be open to everybody to look into. I can't keep secrets in there. But if I have a commercial-grade software product, then all of that is closed off, and so things are not visible to the hacker."

Good FUD never dies. If only this were good FUD.-- ed.

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