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CNET News: Study: Equal Security in All Software

Jun 22, 2002, 01:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

"Proprietary programs should mathematically be as secure as those developed under the open-source model, a Cambridge University researcher argued in a paper presented Thursday at a technical conference in Toulouse, France.

"In his paper, computer scientist Ross Anderson used an analysis that equates finding software bugs to testing programs for the mean time before failure, a measure of quality frequently used by manufacturers. Under the analysis, Anderson found that his ideal open-source programs were as secure as the closed-source programs.

"'Other things being equal, we expect that open and closed systems will exhibit similar growth in reliability and in security assurance,' Anderson wrote in his paper..."

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