Are open source projects more or less secure than proprietary ones

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Asked On2019-08-02 07:00:10 by:Gaganpreet-Gandhi

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The answer is probably yes, open source software is more secure than proprietary software in most cases.

More eyes will lead to better software. In open source particularly, those eyes are “fresh” and did not code on the project for months, therefore the possibility for finding security issues is greater. However, there’s still a problem with the way most open source projects are maintained. For example – did you know that OpenSSL was maintained by two guys named Steve? Linus’s law doesn't always apply since the majority of users just plug & play. They do not actually go over the code.

Although I work for a company which alerts on security vulnerabilities and bugs, and we have seen many security vulnerabilities in open source in the past 2 years, it still doesn't mean open source is not safe. Can you imagine what would have happened if tens of thousands of people went over your proprietary code. Would they have found something you missed?

Yet I must add that nowadays, when it comes to software development, it’s not a question whether to choose open source or proprietary code, they do not compete with each other, or at least don’t aim to. Companies should use open source as complementary software in their commercial products in order to save developer’s time on code which already exists. Here’s an article by Dr. Ron Rymon that explains more about why open source is secure: 3 Reasons Why Open Source is Safer than Commercial Software


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