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Source: ZDNet (Asia)

Open source software (OSS) is not impenetrable, and will likely be an increasing target of hackers if it grows in adoption, said a security expert. Speaking at a briefing Wednesday, Rohit Dhamankar, director of security research, DVLabs at TippingPoint, said computer criminals tend to work for profit gain and will attack widely-deployed software to gain access to more terminals easily.

But he noted that OSS is a harder target to attack, because of the speed at which bugs get patched. The visibility of code and mass participative nature of open source development helps bugs get discovered faster.

And since zero-day attacks are the most commonly used method, closing holes faster thwarts the spread of such malware, said Dhamankar. Zero-day malware attacks vulnerabilities that are yet to be patched by the manufacturer.

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