June 15, 2010

When It Comes to Security, Openness Isn't Always a Virtue - Pro: Sam Ransbotham

Ask fans of FOSS what keeps them loyal to free and open source software, and security will likely be high on the list. Ask proponents of paid, proprietary software, however, and they may well say the same thing. On the one hand, there's the argument that open source software is more secure because the broad availability of its code ensures that any problems will be identified and fixed sooner. Then, however, there's the reasoning that that very openness makes the code more vulnerable to malicious attempts to exploit any weaknesses.

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