SearchSecurity: Basic Security Tenets Apply to Open Source Programs Too
Mar 05, 2003, 08:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)
[ Thanks to Michael
S. Mimoso for this link. ]
"Open sourcing programming code is not a security panacea, as
some would have enterprises believe. The basic tenets of
information security apply as much to Linux as they do to
proprietary operating systems: namely, secure development and
proper implementation must happen for a system to be safe.
"The same applies in reverse. Closing the drapes on source code
alone doesn't make it secure.
"Attendees at the recently concluded LinuxWorld conference heard
the pros and cons of using open-source for perimeter defense
mechanisms like access control, authentication, secure remote
access, content security, traffic encryption and monitoring and