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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 alarming..."

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