Open Source Security: Key Benefits & Drawbacks You Should Know

2 – 4 min read 30 06/13/2022

This article will explore the key benefits and potential drawbacks of open source security in under a minute.

Open Source Security Basics

Open-source software refers to software that has publicly accessible and editable code.  While allowing public access to a program’s code does not sound like something that would help improve its security, security has always been a fundamental part of open-source software.  In the late 1990s, the think tank Foresight Institute started to promote open-source software in an attempt to improve software security, eventually helping Netscape release the code for Netscape Communicator.  Since then, open-source development has become massively popular and is a major focus for software companies such as Adobe, Red Hat, and Google.

Open Source Security Benefits

One of the main advantages of open-source software is that it makes it easier to develop secure programs.  As large-scale software becomes a more important part of daily life, open-source code gives smaller development teams the resources to create these large programs.  There are hundreds of open-source libraries that take care of common tasks.  For example, most software contains logging, a behind-the-scenes feature allowing a program to record messages, such as errors.  Open-source libraries like Log4j allow developers to add these fundamental features to their programs without having to program them from scratch themselves.  If every development team had to program basic features like logging without the foundation of open-source code, software development would

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