Mitnick on OSS Security

By Justin Mann on
What does an ex-phone hacker turned security analyst think about open source projects and how it compares to proprietary and closed source solutions? In an interview with Tectonic, Kevin Mitnick gave the answer to numerous questions about his stance on OSS. His answers may surprise some, with some of his answers being rather ambiguous.

“On the face of it, open source software is more secure,” says Mitnick. “A lot of eyes are looking at the code. You'd think that with OSS, with more people looking at the code, you're more apt at finding security holes. But are enough people really interested?”
Though I don't think it's quite an issue of “are people interested” as compared to the average turnaround time for fixes, he raises a good point. The article is only a page long, but worth a read.

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