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Security Through Obscurity Considered Dangerous

Bellovin, Steven Michael; Bush, Randy

Hiding security vulnerabilities in algorithms, software, and/or hardware decreases the likelihood they will be repaired and increases the likelihood that they can and will be exploited by evil-doers. Discouraging or outlawing discussion of weaknesses and vulnerabilities is extremely dangerous and deleterious to the security of computer systems, the network, and its citizens.



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Academic Units
Computer Science
Internet Engineering Task Force
Published Here
June 30, 2010
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