Debian flaw exposes communications breakdown

by admin May 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm

A wake up call for open source developers, Gartner warns

The recent discovery of a potentially serious Secure Socket Layer (SSL) flaw affecting a popular Linux distribution should act as a wake up call to the open source community, experts warn.

John Pescatore, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, called for open source developers and their vendor counterparts to improve communications processes to address the flaw that could lead to the exposure of encrypted data.

The Sans Institute issued a ‘yellow alert’ on 16 May over the SSL vulnerability in some Debian distros.

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