Re: Pros/Cons Open Source Security
Date: 7 May 2003 12:28:03 -0700
"Mr Sean Ness" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:<firstname.lastname@example.org>...
> Hey all,
> I am a university student doing a report on the pros and cons of open source
> security systems. I've been searching on the 'net, and have found many good
> summaries of the argument, but I need more details / evidence. In addition, most
> websites end up favouring the pro-open source arguments.
> Does anyone know any books or journal articles that discuss the open source
> security debate in detail, or any sources that are actually opposed to open
> source security?
> Any links or references you guys could give me would be helpful.
IMHO, I doubt anything will be in book form because the debate is so
dynamic. As an example, I did a Google search for "open source
security debate" and the second link was to InternetWeek which says a
study found OSS to be less vulnerable than CSS like Microsoft
products. Yet another link to a ZDNET story says OSS is more
vulnerable. The two sides will likely continue to bandy stats back
and forth, claiming the other is more vulnerable.
I did find a white paper at www.adti.net that might help you in your
quest. And you may find evidence at www.cert.org, the group
responsible for documenting vulnerabilities.