June 21, 2002

Study: Equal security in Open Source and closed software

Slashdotters discuss a report at News.com about a study that says Open Source and closed source software are equally secure. " Proprietary programs should mathematically be as secure as those developed under the open-source model ... In his paper, computer scientist Ross Anderson used an analysis that equates finding software bugs to testing programs for the mean time before failure, a measure of quality frequently used by manufacturers. Under the analysis, Anderson found that his ideal open-source programs were as secure as the closed-source programs."


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