Schmidt: Proprietary code is more securely written

Schmidt: Proprietary code is more securely written

Summary: Ex-White House adviser Howard Schmidt says the open-source community needs to catch up when it comes to securing code

TOPICS: Security

Commercial software vendors are doing a better job than their open-source counterparts at making sure their code is safe, according to former White House adviser Howard Schmidt.

Topic: Security

Tom Espiner

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Tom is a technology reporter for He covers the security beat, writing about everything from hacking and cybercrime to threats and mitigation. He also focuses on open source and emerging technologies, all the while trying to cut through greenwash.

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  • Is it fair to...

    Say that maybe there's to much complacency in open source community's?
  • Weak

    Notice how he sidesteps the question about whether the Linux kernel is more or less secure than Windows. He also lumps the entire open-source range against proprietry without giving any comparative examples.

    In my experience all the core applications that make up an open platform are very well managed. Mention a vulnerability and they are all over it like a rash.

    Talking about not reviewing code from a security viewpoint is disingenuous. The same is equally true for coders of proprietry kit. Indeed, nobody connected to a project should review it for security. People are notoriously unable to see defects in their own logic - and that doesn't just apply to ssoftware.
  • Open source code

    I never thought of it like this before, and I guess that explains all the viruses, trojans, adware, and malware over running the world's computer systems. Sure is a good thing we have someone like Mr. Schmidt to set us straight, because all this time I had it backward. Fancy that.