April 21st, 2014

Linus Torvalds vs. Security

OK — I wasn’t going to post anything about this thread until I saw this quote from Linus Torvalds:

I think the OpenBSD crowd is a bunch of masturbating monkeys, in
that they make such a big deal about concentrating on security to the
point where they pretty much admit that nothing else matters to them.

It’s already been heavily covered elsewhere, but Linus Torvalds has made some interesting and humorous comments about the security community, and for some reason also calls out openBSD directly. Outside of these comments, I usually consider Mr. Torvalds a generally pragmatic fellow. He now seems to distance himself from either the full- or non- disclosure ideals. Here’s his quote on the topic:

“Both camps are whoring themselves out for their own reasons, and both camps point fingers at each other as a way to cement their own reason for existence,”

I do agree some some of his statements, but I definitely wouldn’t consider security bugs and “normal” bugs the same because of the additional exposure a security vulnerability allows for.

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