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From Netcraft:<br><br>Security experts say this week's leak of partial source code for Windows 2000 and Windows NT probably won't mean a huge change in the security of Windows machines. The leaked code - about 15 million lines of the Win2K operating system's 35 million lines of code - isn't substantial enough for pirates to create wholesale copies, but may provide additional ammunition for hackers and virus writers.<br><br>"The leak will do some damage to the security of Windows machines, but it's not clear how much," said Ed Felten of Princeton University, a security researcher who has reviewed Windows source code and was an expert witness in the antitrust case against Microsoft. "There's a longstanding debate about the security implications of open source development. Source code access makes it easier to find security bugs. With open source, you make it easier for honest outsiders to find bugs, which is good, but you also make it easier for malicious outsiders to find bugs, which is bad.<br><br><br>"This kind of leak give us the worst of both worlds: honest outsiders will avoid looking at the stolen code, while malicious outsiders use the code; so you get the security drawbacks of open source without the security benefits," Felten added. "This will only matter, though, if the bad guys would otherwise have trouble finding bugs, which may not be the case."<br><br><br>DigitalEye
#139602 - 02/15/0408:01 PMRe: Windows Code Leak..
This will be interesting to see unfold. Especially if it is maybe found out that Microsoft might be using Windows for info gathering / compromising privacy.<br><br>===================<br><br>S3V3N<br>Washington, DC USA
interesting. do you think there is actually someone who is willing to go through 15 million lines of code, just to find a security hole, so that he can write a stupid worm? insane!<br><br><pre>PMG5/1.8Ghz/1GBRAM, PBG3/400Mhz/768MBRAM, AirportX</pre><p>
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