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Re: Cisco crapaganda

  • From: Steven J. Sobol
  • Date: Sat Aug 13 15:04:59 2005

On Sat, 13 Aug 2005, Dave Howe wrote:

> Rich Kulawiec wrote:
> > More bluntly: the closed-source, "faith-based" approach to security
> > doesn't cut it.  The attacks we're confronting are being launched
> > (in many cases) by people who *already have the source code*, and
> > who thus enjoy an enormous advantage over the defenders.

> TBH though, usually the open source "faith based" approach to security
> doesn't cut it either. its easy to say "its open source, therefore
> anyone can check the code" but much harder to actually find someone who
> has taken the time to do it....
Depends on the project.

Some OSS projects turn around enhancements and bug fixes, and fix 
vulnerabilities, quickly. Some don't. Some do some of the time, depending 
on the type of change. (For example, Mozilla is good about patching 
vulnerabilities quickly, but there's an Thunderbird enhancement almost 200 
people voted for on Bugzilla, that people have been complaining about for 
months, that they've not done anything about.)

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