Open source security
One of the main reasons that companies choose Open Source software is because of the cost - even commoditised software based on Open Source code is cheaper than proprietary technology since up to 90% of the code will be Open Source, which the vendor gives away for free, with the end user just charged for the enhanced proprietary components. Plus, use of Open Source does largely make companies less dependent on proprietary vendors that periodically provide updates that IT resources must find time to deploy to maintain adequate security measures.
But many believe that there are security issues with Open Source software. Whilst it is true that Open Source is not a security panacea - for example, there can be hot spots in the code, and it may be possible that some parts have not been fully reviewed -many believe that it has inherent advantages.
By Fran Howarth at IT-Director.
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- Review: HackNotes Windows Security Portable Reference (13 October 2003)