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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

TheVogon Silver badge

Re: Open Source Good

"As many eyes on the source code improves Linux, right?"

This is what we were always told. However Linux doesn't have a lower bug count than other OSs and major holes have been found that were a) apparently obvious, and b had been there for years.

The problem I have with it is that there will always be bugs somewhere, and a well funded attacker will presumably find it easier to find and exploit them with the source code than without it.

Of course it's also common knowledge that security by obscurity isn't really security. And that holes can be found by fuzzing, reverse engineering, etc. But imo that does make it a bit harder for the attacker.

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