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SecurityFocus.com: Wide Open Source - Is Open Source really more secure than closed?

Apr 17, 2000, 08:07 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elias Levy)

[ Thanks to LinuxBoy for this link. ]

"If Open Source were the panacea some think it is, then every security hole described, fixed and announced to the public would come from people analyzing the source code for security vulnerabilities, such as the folks at OpenBSD, the Linux Auditing Project, or the developers or users of the application."

"But there have been plenty of security vulnerabilities in Open Source Software that were discovered, not by peer review, but by black hats. Some security holes aren't discovered by the good guys until an attacker's tools are found on a compromised site, network traffic captured during an intrusion turns up signs of the exploit, or knowledge of the bug finally bubbles up from the underground."

"Why is this? When the security company Trusted Information Systems (TIS) began making the source code of their Gauntlet firewall available to their customers many years ago, they believed that their clients would check for themselves how secure the product was. What they found instead was that very few people outside of TIS ever sent in feedback, bug reports or vulnerabilities. Nobody, it seems, is reading the source."

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