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ZDNet UK: Open Source Renders Patching a Problem

Nov 18, 2005, 03:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Mullins)

" According to Internet services company Netcraft's latest poll, open source Web sites dominate the Web site market. The November 2005 survey found that Apache Web servers run on 70 percent of all Web sites. In addition, almost every reputable site that asks you for any personal information will do so using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

"The overwhelming number of open source Web sites and the widespread use of OpenSSL to secure connections create a tremendous problem when vulnerabilities emerge. For example, in October 2005, the OpenSSL.org Project released a patch to fix a vulnerability in all previously released versions of OpenSSL (i.e., all versions up to 0.9.7h and 0.9.8a)..."

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