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Computerworld.NZ: Open Source Does Not Mean Open Doors

Aug 20, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Bell)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"The open source approach to software--'contrary to expectation and tradition'--provides some measure of insurance against security vulnerabilities, says advocate and developer Peter Harrison.

"He cited the example of the Interbase database management product, originally developed by Ashton-Tate, which was taken over by Borland. As part of plans to spin Interbase support off into a separate services company in 2000, the product's source code was opened.

"A vulnerability was almost immediately found, and proved to have been introduced with version 4 of the product, in 1995. This suggests the fault was present for five years in the closed source product, but once the code was opened it was found and fixed within six months..."

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