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NewsForge: Panel: Open Source security needs to be priority

Oct 17, 2000, 19:43 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"Open Source systems aren't inherently more secure than propriety systems -- unless the designers make security a priority, according to several security experts speaking at a conference Monday."

"Panel moderator Peter G. Neumann, from SRI International, argued that Open Source development, which he called "open box," presents both opportunities of "many eyes" finding software bugs that compromise security, and a challenge when some of those eyes aren't friendly."

"By itself, the open box paradigm is not a solution, but my contention is it affords us enormously more opportunity that the closed-source model," said Neumann, speaking at a panel during the 23rd National Information Systems Security Conference in Baltimore, Md. "The problem with [the many eyeballs concept] is if your system is lousy to begin with, the bad guys have a lot of eyeballs."

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