Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Dec 2010 23:55 UTC, submitted by Oliver
OpenBSD Okay, this is potentially very big news that really needs all the exposure it can get. OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt has received an email in which it was revealed to him that ten years ago, the FBI paid several open source developers to implement hidden backdoors in OpenBSD's IPSEC stack. De Raadt decided to publish the email for all to see, so that the code in question can be reviewed. Insane stuff.
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I am literally in the middle of exactly that kind of audit right now.

Our customers care about that kind of thing, they care about our test coverage, and they care about our engineering practices. They are serious companies that are literally putting their future in the hands of our software, and our answers to those kinds of questions can be the difference between making a sale, and losing it.

The reason that I said "to argue the other side" is because I don't really agree with the origional post, exactly because of the street cred thing. It is rare to have security experts reviewing open source code to prove they are badasses publically, but at the same time its rare for a company to have the engineering practices we do, and I don't think one really trumps the other.

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