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Are open source tools safe to use?

See how safe managing and troubleshooting open source tools are in this expert response with security expert Michael Gregg.

How safe is it to use open source tools for managing and troubleshooting network problems?
Open source tools are extremely safe. Just consider a precompiled, proprietary tool: You only ever see the executable file; you are also at the mercy of the vendor as to when patches and updates are released. With an open source tool you can actually see the code. As an example, Snort is an open source tool which has a thousand users. If a problem is found the user base can respond quickly and develop solutions.
This was last published in August 2007

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