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The security implications of open source software Print E-mail
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Source: IBM - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Security Projects Natalie Whitlock talks about the incongruence of closed security systems, and the open source solution. She discusses Eric Raymond's ideas, the famous "back door" in Microsoft's FrontPage, the concept of peer review, and the open source dilemma that no one is . . . Natalie Whitlock talks about the incongruence of closed security systems, and the open source solution. She discusses Eric Raymond's ideas, the famous "back door" in Microsoft's FrontPage, the concept of peer review, and the open source dilemma that no one is at the helm guaranteeing that everything will be checked. She then follows the idea from theory to practice and talks with leading IT executives about the viability and popularity of secure open source systems.

What, then, about the security of open source software? Open source software, by definition, is any program or application that is freely distributed, non-platform specific -- and in which the programming code is open and visible. All else being equal, isn't a closed program more secure than an open one?

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