The Register: Does Open Source Software Enhance Security?
Mar 06, 2004, 05:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"There are several reasons why open-source software provides for
superior computer and network security, but the computing public
seems confused about why this is so.
"Many attribute the security advantage to the very fact of
openness. It's long been popular to cite the 'many eyes' theory,
which holds that flaws are discovered and fixed because selfless
programmers spend countless hours carefully combing through the
source code and alerting the development teams. In this way, we're
told, the mere fact that source code is available leads to enhanced