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Open Source doesn't automatically mean safety

Dec 18, 2009, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Yesterday, Mozilla fixed ten security bugs in Firefox. If you haven't upgraded Firefox to 3.5.6 yet, you can do so now. I'll wait for you. Done? Good. You're better off than a friend of mine who, I discovered, was still running Firefox 3.0.0. His logic? It's Firefox and open source therefore it's still safer than, say, Internet Explorer 6. Oh dear.

"Sorry, it doesn't work that way. He was right that open-source programs tend to be safer than proprietary programs. And, yes, he was right in thinking that the ancient IE 6 isn't safe at all. But, just because a program is open source doesn't mean that it's always safe, and an old program, no matter how it was made or who made it, is very unlikely to still be safe."

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