Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Jun 2013 17:32 UTC
Microsoft From Bloomberg: "Microsoft, the world's largest software company, provides intelligence agencies with information about bugs in its popular software before it publicly releases a fix, according to two people familiar with the process. That information can be used to protect government computers and to access the computers of terrorists or military foes." The lid has officially been blown off.
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RE: Wow, wow, wow...
by darknexus on Fri 14th Jun 2013 23:06 UTC in reply to "Wow, wow, wow..."
darknexus
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I don't normally care a whole lot about the pros and cons of proprietary vs. open source... but Microsoft just gave free and open source software one hell of a boost.

Not at all. Unless you are going to examine every bit of code that goes on your machine, it's entirely possible for open source software to have these backdoors just as much as, if not more than, proprietary software. Peer code review is easy enough to slip something by, especially if it manifests no obvious symptoms and considering how many various distributions patch their software in custom ways. Are you going to examine every patch? Every update? No? Then you could be just as vulnerable as anyone running Windows.

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