So with everything going so right with Linux why am I concerned? Because now every hacker who's really a hacker and not just some script-kiddie is coming after Linux and other open-source's code, hunting for vulnerabilities.
True, as open-source leader Eric S. Raymond pointed out years ago in Linus's Law, "Given enough eyeballs all bugs are shallow". This is one of the key concepts that made Linux the success it is today and which empowers open-source software.
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When it comes to fixing problems quickly, Linux's track-record is far superior to that of Apple, Microsoft, or any other proprietary software vendor. But let me do the numbers for you. That leaves at least not quite 3,000 bugs to find and fix.
There are many top Linux security developers and they're busy hunting down these bugs. There are instructions on how to report bugs when you find them. But there are never enough programmers around to fix even the reported bugs.
As Linux leader Jon "Maddog" Hall wisely observed a few years back:
Some people argue that Free Software has 'unlimited' resources. Every product or project is limited in resources in one way or another. The number of people who can work on Free Software, and particularly one piece of software is limited by the people with the skill, time and inclination to contribute. But what Free Software does have is the ability of the end user to escalate their own bug fix in 'criticality,' by seeking out their own resources to fix the problem if the developers do not have the time or inclination to fix it.
At the same time, hackers have more reason than ever before to try to crack Linux. Irish developer Donncha O'Cearbhaill, who recently uncovered a pair of Ubuntu desktop bugs, reported he received an offer of more than $10,000 from an exploit vendor for these Apport bugs. "These financial motivators are only increasing as software gets more secure and bugs become more difficult to find," he said.
That's small potatoes. If someone finds, say, a Linux bug that could encrypt data on a server, I can easily see six-figure ransomware -- malware that encrypts and scrambles data, allowing hackers to demand payment for the key -- demands. A recent study from IBM Security suggests nearly 70 percent of business victims are already paying ransomware hackers to recover data.
With tremendous potential payouts, Linux will be subjected to more hacking attempts than even before. Linux has gained great power; now its developers and vendors must step forward and take the great responsibility to maintain its security.