Security in Open versus Closed Systems – The Dance of Boltzmann , Coase and

  title={Security in Open versus Closed Systems – The Dance of Boltzmann , Coase and},
  author={Ross Anderson},
Some members of the open-source and free software community argue that their code is more secure, because vulnerabilities are easier for users to find and fix. Meanwhile the proprietary vendor community maintains that access to source code rather makes things easier for the attackers. In this paper, I argue that this is the wrong way to approach the interaction between security and the openness of design. I show first that under quite reasonable assumptions the security assurance problem scales… CONTINUE READING
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