Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Fri 14th Jan 2011 14:58 UTC, submitted by Debjit
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Steve Chang, the Chairman of Trend Micro, has kicked up a controversy by claiming that open source software is inherently less secure. When talking about the security of smartphones, Chang claimed that the iPhone is more secure than Android because being an open-source platform, attackers know more about the underlying architecture."
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by AnythingButVista on Fri 14th Jan 2011 17:11 UTC
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The only "validity" I see in his speech comes from the fact that while in Linux security patches arrive quickly to the end user, in Android you have to wait not only for Google or someone else to patch the Android source, but then for your phone manufacturer and wireless provider to release said patch to end users. An exploit can take longer to get patched on a mobile phone so it can cause more harm than on desktop or server Linux.

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