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)..."