Originally posted by LAES YVAN
Even though, they dont realize the biggest insecurity of Linux is the fact it is open source. When every hacker in the world knows exactly how your
operating system works, it makes it a lot easier for them to take control. With Windows, the source is hidden, and a big secret, that means most
hackers only have limited ways and limited knowledge of how to take control of the computer.
I know Linux has flaws, I'm not denying that. But Windows has flaws as well. That's the developers fault. So the Linux vs Windows war is
insignificant in this proprietary vs open source debate.
I see it this way. How can you tell with certainty that closed source is more secure if you cannot read the code?
Are you just blindly assuming that proprietary software is more secure because the developer said so? Is it safer to take his word for it rather than
looking at it yourself?
Do you trust the developer enough to give him your personal info, your passwords, bank account number, social security number, etc... Then what makes
you think that giving that same info to his software is more trustable, mystical magic?
At least with open source you are able to discover easily if the software has a backdoor sending your personal info to a tier without your consent.
With closed source you can only hope it does not.
In practice, the only reason why companies are hidding the source code is for the purpose of protecting their intellectual property against
competitors, not out of concern for the safety of end users.
Take for example cryptography, it doesn't matter if everybody knows exactly how the encryption algorithm works, mathematically speaking it would
still takes million years of computing power to break the key. Does it make any difference if you give the source code to the smartest NSA
cryptanalysts on the planet, if your algorithm is strong enough, it would still takes million years of computing power to break the key. While hidding
the source code of a weak algorithm that takes 3 seconds to break will not make you more secure under this circumstance. Once a cracker found your
hidden weakness, game over.
Originally posted by MrPenny
Crackers will get into your linux system slicker than sh**. The source code is open source. You will truly never know if they've been
Whether you are aware or not if a cracker broke into your computer is irrelevant to the openness or closeness of the source code. In both Linux and
Windows you need security checks to find out if your system has been compromised. Are you running a intrusion detection system, file integrity
checker, log files, etc...
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