The price of restricting vulnerability publications

Tuesday, 5 April 2005, 9:35 AM EST

There are calls from some quarters to restrict the publication of information about security vulnerabilities in an effort to limit the number of people with the knowledge and ability to attack computer systems. Scientists in other fields have considered similar proposals and rejected them, or adopted only narrow, voluntary restrictions. As in other fields of science, there is a real danger that publication restrictions will inhibit the advancement of the state of the art in computer security.

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By Jennifer Stisa Granick at IJCLP.

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