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WideOpenNews: Open Source: How Secure?

Nov 14, 1999, 18:36 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simson Garfinkel)

"Open source code tends to be more secure than proprietary software, but it isn't always. Simson Garfinkel pokes holes in some common dogma and offers suggestions for future development."

"The theory of open source security is simple, and it is endemic throughout the entire open source community. The theory is so pervasive, in fact, that it can be reduced without much effort to a four-word mantra: Source code breeds security."

"Most open source proponents instinctively believe this theory. I used to, but increasingly I've come to regard the theory as a kind of dogma that substitutes for critical thinking. Open source software is frequently more secure than proprietary software, but it doesn't have to be. In this series of columns I intend to explore why, and to make some suggestions for future development."

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