Open source is a term used for software whose source code is made available. Software distributed under Open source license allow the users to study, debug and improve the software with certain rights preserved for the copyright holder.

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Open Source vs Closed Source Systems

My understanding is that open source systems are commonly believed to be more secure than closed source systems. Reasons for taking either approach, or combination of them, include: cultural norms, ...
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How is Tor secure?

If Tor is open source and thus its process of concealing your IP is known, then how does it keep anything secure? Couldn't someone look at the source code and figure out how to reverse the routing ...
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How do open source projects handle secure artifacts?

Specifically, how are things like keystores handled, or other items needed to build or run an app? In my case, I have a Chrome OS app that requires a keystore to build and publish to the Chrome Web ...
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Trust Issues Relative to Open Source

Two separate discussions have very recently opened my eyes to an issue I had not considered – how to confirm the Open Source binary one uses is based on the published source code. There is a large ...
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Tool for public key cryptography where password is the private key?

Is there any free & open source tool for public key cryptography, where the private key is just a chosen password? Here is what I need: I want to make backups every hour using a script I want ...
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Open Source OS - code you see vs code you get

In this question I will use the example of Linux OS, but I am also interested in general situation. Linux OS distributions are famous for being open source and thus rather secure. But how can you be ...
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Free/Libre software to handle TCG OPAL 2.0-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs)?

I'm in search of a free/libre software that is able to handle OPAL (2.0)-compliant SEDs (i.e. manage the setting of Pre-Boot Authentification (PBA) environment, encryption keys...). It could be a ...
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Is it safer to use less heard of software than popular software?

Is it good policy to use non-mainstream applications, or does it depend? For example is it better to use a less popular browser, media player or operating system as it is less likely a target for ...
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Could I delete .csr files when the key is signed by CA

I'm creating my own openvpn server. The Certificate authority is located on a separated host. There is two kind of clients: which that just send a .csr and to which i send the .crt as an answer and ...
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How could one detect if Apple/Google/etc. has modified a third party application distributed through their App Stores?

Are there any realistic methods for verifying that Apple or whoever has not tampered with third party application distributed through their App Store? You might for example have an open source ...
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Building a Security Training Simulation environment

My university is keen to build a security training simulation environment/platform and it will be a good learning experience for students. I Googled around to find out how it is built, but I only ...
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Looking for an open risk assessment methodology

I'm looking for a fully open quantitative risk assessment methodology. Most of the methodologies have usage or licensing restrictions placed upon them. I define open as methodology covered by ...
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Does (J-)SOX Forbid the Use of Open Source Software?

With Regard to Sarbanes Oxley and particularly The Japanese version thereof: Is it true that in order to comply with (J-)SOX you must have a support contract - and therefore a responsible party - for ...
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Is it bad practice to add an encrypted private key to source control?

I understand that it is bad practice to add passwords and secret tokens to source control, with obvious implications arising if you are working on an open-source or related project. Rather, you ...
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Security related code in Open Source projects?

I have recently heard that most of the PHP code is confidential, because if attackers know your database structure or the hash function used to encrypt the passwords, there is higher chances of a ...
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Is it safer to compile open source code vs simply running the binary?

I understand that with OpenSource software, my milage may vary based on the trust of the author and the distribution platform they use (Codeplex, Git, or private server). Oftentimes a FOSS website ...
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I work on an open source project. Is there a “standard” to reporting security vulnerabilities that we can use?

I work on an (intentionally undisclosed) open source project. To the best of my knowledge, we do not have a discoverable policy on reporting security vulnerabilities. Rails has their own policy ...
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Chrome vs Explorer - how to explain in plain words that open-source is better?

Why open-source is better in plain words? Yesterday I had a talk at a DIY bicycle workshop. There is a PC (running XP) that main application is checking emails (nothing really serious). I found it ...