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Open source and the ‘fear factor’ mentality

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| We have certainly learned just by watching the world at large that those who
| promote fear and foreboding do so to promote their own political or personal
| agenda, and ultimately to try and control the end result to their benefit. We
| will continue to see the promotion of this “fear factor” around open source
| by proprietary vendors in hopes that organizations will stay away and that
| innovation will be kept locked behind closed doors, moving forward only when
| the big guns say it is OK. The bottom line is this. Open source is a threat –
| to the bottom line and gold lined pockets of every closed source software
| provider across the world.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1763


Recent:

Ingres gives Fortify security study a good fisking

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| Her main points:
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| * *1. There are other security toolkits other than Fortify. Just because you
| * * * don’t use their system doesn’t mean you don’t care.
| * *2. When reading vendor-sponsored studies consider the source. Always a
| * * * wise move.
| * *3. Open source projects in Fortify’s Open Review report fewer defects per
| * * * thousand lines of code than proprietary products in the same review. I
| * * * didn’t know that.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=2691


FORTIFY-MICROSOFT ALLIANCE

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| Microsoft and Fortify Software are enabling software developers and testers
| to build and deliver more secure applications. Visual Studio 2005 Team
| Edition for Software Testers offers an easy-to-use yet powerful framework for
| testing. Fortify leverages this infrastructure and adds Web application
| security testing capabilities. The combination of the two effectively brings
| basic security testing out of the realm of specialized experts and into the
| hands of software testers. In addition, Fortify provides its award-winning
| source code analysis capabilities to Visual Studio Team Edition for
| Developers so security flaws discovered in development and testing can be
| diagnosed and fixed quickly. Working closely with the Visual Studio team has
| enabled Fortify Software to incorporate its innovative software security
| capabilities within the powerful Visual Studio...
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http://www.microsoft .com/windowsserversystem/applicationplatform/launch2005/partners/fortify.mspx
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