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On the Brittleness of Software and the Infeasibility of Security Metrics

Bellovin, Steven Michael

How secure is a computer system? Bridges have a load limit, but it isn't determined (as "Calvin and Hobbes" would have it) by building an identical bridge and running trucks over it until it collapses. In a more relevant vein, safes are rated for how long they'll resist attack under given circumstances. Can we do the same for software?

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IEEE Security & Privacy
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https://doi.org/10.1109/MSP.2006.101

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Computer Science
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June 29, 2010