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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So what code is secure?
by jefro on Sat 15th Jan 2011 17:50 UTC
jefro
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2007-04-13

I think one of the OSnews articles was about how long an annual test takes to hack into the major OS's. Seems every year they fall in less than an hour.

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RE: So what code is secure?
by Neolander on Sat 15th Jan 2011 18:15 in reply to "So what code is secure?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Nowadays, most desktop operating systems require several GBs of HDD space only to offer very basic functionality. At this level of bloat, it's impossible to make code secure ;)

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RE[2]: So what code is secure?
by moondevil on Sat 15th Jan 2011 20:05 in reply to "RE: So what code is secure?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

This is a lame excuse for bad coding.

Many security errors can be easily backtracked to C errors with memory handling.

If another, more safe, systems programming language was in widespread use, many security issues would not happen.

I dream of the day that C and C++ get replaced by a more safer systems programming language.

Sadly, that may take a few generations, if ever.

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