February 15, 2002

'The Myth of Open Source Security Revisited' v2.0

Author: JT Smith

Slashdotters debate an article at Kuro5hin.org called The Myth of Open Source Security Revisited. "In his seminal writing The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric Raymond used the statement 'Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow' to describe the belief that given a large enough beta-tester and co-developer base, almost every problem will be characterized quickly and the fix obvious to someone. Over time the meaning of the original quote has been lost and instead replaced with the dogmatic belief that Open Source is the panacea that solves the problems involving security in software development.


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