Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 21:59 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Graphics, User Interfaces "What if all software was open source? Anybody would then be able to add custom features to Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, Apple iTunes or any other program. A University of Washington project may make this possible." Yeah I know, odd headline - couldn't find anything better.
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RE: Comment by darknexus
by abstraction on Thu 1st Apr 2010 11:36 UTC in reply to "Comment by darknexus"
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If programs were all open source it does not neccessary mean they are easier exploitable through malware. It is because of the operating system's security model.

If you look at say Linux which is open source it does not have malware problems and that is _probably_ due to a better security model compared to say Windows which is famous for its malware. I say probably because I'm not sure of how the Windows security model exactly operates but I'm pretty sure you have the ability to install programs as a normal user which is the main reason behind the problem.

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