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Linux.com.sg (Singapore): Open Source Philosophy And Network Security

Nov 02, 1999, 18:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ng Kai Hoe Raymond)

[ Thanks to Ng Kai Hoe Raymond for this link. ]

"The open source philosophy, the philosophy of technological advancement through sharing, peer perusal and modification of source code implementation of software, lends itself very well to building of a secure server. The main reason is that, by virtue of the availability of source code implementation, any bug, security hole and trapdoors are quickly noticed and patched."

"There is however a very popular myth which stops adoption of open source as the main developmental philosophy of secure servers , that the implementation of a secure server has to be kept secret for the server to remain secure."

"Nothing can be further from the truth, to dispell the myth, let me state 3 very important points."

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