Last Updated: 2005-10-17 22:54:17 UTC
by Scott Fendley (Version: 1)
For those thinking "Where is the security implication of this?", take this as an editorial on software complexity and its connection to security flaws. As software has become more complex, we have seen more and more security flaws found. Simple enough, right? To restate it a little differently, software complexity and flaws detected are directly related. This may not always stay the case, but that is common wisdom in today's world. (Side note: This is not a gripe against Microsoft and should not be read in that light. This is just as relevant to any software vender.)
In this increasingly complex software, how many flaws are there which have remained undetected for years? How many very simple oversights, like the one above, exist in more sensitive modules with security ramifications? How long can a minor flaw stay undetected in popular software packages?
To me, this is a very sobering thought, especially considering the number of ecommerce or medical sites on the Internet today. Somehow, I will not let it make me loose sleep over the (in)security of my private information on the Internet.
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