Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf
Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
From a security perspective...it wouldn't be terrible if the source was available. That's often quoted as a benefit of open source software is that people can see exactly how it works and more eyes looking at the code often results in more bugs and problems found/fixed.
Unfortunately, that can work both ways. Legitimate users (and developers) can view the code, make improvements and close any vulnerabilities, but so can hackers and other malicious people whose intent is much the opposite.
This is true, but as long as patches are regularly released, it seems that more often than not in the open source community the issues are fixed, rather than creating more issues. You don't usually see all that many attacks which completely trash a box or take over ownership in the Linux world. They do happen, but it's far more rare.