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IBM developerWorks: Open source software: Will it make me secure?

Dec 24, 1999, 08:37 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Will opening up your software improve its security? The main benefit of open-source software as it relates to security is what's been called the "many eyeballs" phenomenon -- letting more people scrutinize your code makes it more likely that bugs, especially security-related bugs, will be found and repaired in a more timely manner. Certainly, this phenomenon can help you find problems in your code that you otherwise may not have found. However, there's no guarantee that the people scrutinizing your open source will find any security problems in your code, much less all of them. Nor does it guarantee that anyone who does find security problems will actually report them."

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