Beliefs (5): Open source code is the only secure code


There is no point in depending on security through obscurity. It is possible to build a secure system even though everybody knows how it works.

In this context, I also believe it should be a constitutional right for Americans to be able to see the code for the voting machines that register their electoral votes. If such machines are introduced in my country I will not use one until I have independent assurance that they are fair and secure.

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3 Responses to “Beliefs (5): Open source code is the only secure code”


  1. 1 Dominic Sayers September 15, 2006 at 12:31

    Yes, it was Bruce Schneier constant harping on about this that made me think about it.

  2. 2 Pete Shaw September 15, 2006 at 11:49

    I’m guessing you have seen this then? How To Steal an Election With a Diebold Machine


  1. 1 The Economist on open source and security « Dominic Sayers Trackback on October 19, 2006 at 11:23

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