Oracle's security chief lambastes faulty coding

Friday, 26 May 2006, 1:25 AM EST

Mary Ann Davidson, chief security officer at Oracle Corp., remembers the first time she heard her company's marketing scheme that advertised its database products as "unbreakable."

"I think my response was 'What idiot dreamed this up?'," Davidson said Thursday at the W3C conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. If civil engineers built bridges in the same fashion in which software developers write code, people would face the "blue bridge of death" every morning going to work, Davidson said.

At Computerworld.

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