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Security. (Again!)

Posted 03-02-2010 at 03:55 PM by rich_c

I was browsing the BBC news site and found this story. Rather predictably, there's no mention of the system that presents the bad guys with the most vulnerabilities to exploit... (You know the one, from Redmond.) Also, googling the RSA Conference site results in jut 3 hits for 'Linux'. Interesting, as a lot of important organisations think Linux is pretty secure. (I'm thinking NSA/SELinux here...)

Another interesting and far less biased development I saw recently was this. Seems Open Source apps are just as secure as proprietary, but importantly, the FOSS community fix reported vulnerabilities a lot quicker than their closed source counterparts!

Finally, for anyone who hasn't given it much thought before, here's a page I did some time ago with some basic security tips.
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    Well, in some cases yes security for proprietary software and free software is same, but don't think opensource is more secure than closed-source, no, it depends. I know some ugly opensource products where code is written so horrible that it replicated in about 3-5 times or more in entire app source, and what's most important: many security issues(not less than undiscovered I guess) are present there, and they are fixed not too fast. Like in openx. And, in oppose, some proprietary apps developers doing their best to fix security issues fast. Like in opera.
    So that is not a "general rule" at all, results are different and just depending on software developers. If they think of users or at least of their own reputation, they will do their best to write secure code and in case there are vulns, fix them as fast as possible.

    p.s. oh and btw, design on your homepage bugs me. No contrast and the page is too bright, it's hard to read bright text on bright background. just a report.
    Posted 03-02-2010 at 09:08 PM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
    Updated 03-03-2010 at 12:40 AM by Web31337


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