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Old 01-09-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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LXer: Open Source Code Contains Security Holes


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Open source code, much like its commercial counterpart, tends to contain one security exposure for every 1,000 lines of code, according to a program launched by the Department of Homeland Security to review and tighten up open source code's security. Popular open source projects, such as Samba, the PHP, Perl, and Tcl dynamic languages used to bind together elements of Web sites, and Amanda, the popular open source backup and recovery software running on half a million servers, were all found to have dozens or hundreds of security exposures and quality defects.

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Old 01-09-2008, 08:32 PM   #2
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The opening paragraph is scary.

Reading further, we find that this scanning project has been going on for a couple of years and that a number of open source developers have been responding very actively by fixing the bugs identified by the scans. For example, further down in the article, it says, "the Amanda project now registers zero defects in 99,073 lines of code".

Cool.

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