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|Originally Published: Saturday, 1 April 2000||Author: John C Borkowski|
|Published to: news_enhance_security/Security News||Page: 1/1 - [Std View]|
NYT: Linux's Open-Door Policy Could Let Hackers Right In
The NY Times is running a story about Linux being a Security Risk. The basic theory goes that since the source is available, all the hackers of the world can find the holes in the software.
A few things I think many of these experts are missing; The fact that the software is developed over time before being labeled as production quality software, gives the developers a chance to find weaknesses and correct them as the software evolves. They also assume that software created behind closed doors can be better controlled, and when released, no one will be able to figure out how it works. Two examples of why they are wrong would be that Windows 2K was released with 64K known problems, and CSS the DVD encryption scheme, that was supoosed to be unbreakable, has been broken.