News.com: Building Trust into Open Source

“While Microsoft has concentrated on reviewing its flagship
Windows source code as part of a new focus on security, Internet
watchdogs have released the details of three widespread flaws in
open-source applications usually shipped with the Linux operating

“The flaws could compromise the security of computers on which
the applications are installed, prompting some developers to urge
the open-source community to take another look at popular code. But
most fear the majority of members won’t bother.

“‘No one is doing auditing,’ said Crispin Cowan, chief scientist
at Linux maker WireX Communications, one of several companies
selling a version of the OS with additional security options. Cowan
is the founder of Sardonix, a Web site aimed at organizing groups
of people who want to review major open-source software…”


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