RE: Use of closed source software [was Re: RE: Come over to ExI-Community chat!...]

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Sun Feb 03 2002 - 11:14:05 MST

Robert J. Bradbury wrote,
> read this essay by Richard Stallman
> discussing how to discourage the use of closed source software:
> I'm sure Harvey could comment here as well.

Definitely. Most security experts consider closed source software to be a
security threat. It cannot be verified, contains more security flaws than
open source software, and requires giving the software vendor inside access
to your computer without being sure what they are doing. The higher levels
of security control in most criteria systems actually require open source
and source code analysis. Closed source software cannot be made as secure
as open source software according to these security ratings.

Harvey Newstrom, CISSP <>
Principal Security Consultant, Newstaff Inc. <>
Board of Directors, Extropy Institute <>
Cofounder, Pro-Act <>

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