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The Register: Does Open Source Software Enhance Security?

Mar 06, 2004, 05:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C Greene)

[ Thanks to n****rjim for this link. ]

"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 security..."

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