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NY Times: Linux's Open-Door Policy Could Let Hackers Right In

Mar 30, 2000, 20:08 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Max)

"But the Linux principle of openness is what security experts fear most."

"When you have open source, there is the potential for greater problems," says MacDonnell Ulsch, a senior manager of technology risk devices at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting and consulting firm. "For example, every time you make a change to the code, you report it. Over time, does that reveal more about your infrastructure than you want to reveal?..."

"Before Internet banking and the World Wide Web, information was more secure. A dog, a guard and a gun and you were all set," he says. "If Linux security is ignored, this is a looming crisis."

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