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My Heart-bleed[s] for Open Source and Monocultures

– To all supporters of ubiquitous open-source software … my sincere condolences. Who would have thought that the innocent mistake of a volunteer programmer trying to “improve” OpenSSL, and which was subsequently missed by a volunteer tester, would have led to what may turn out to have been…

The (Sorry) State of Application Security

– In January 2011, research firm Forrester Consulting published a report, which was commissioned by Microsoft, with the title “State of Application Security: Immature Practices Fuel Inefficiencies, But Positive ROI Is Attainable.” The report is available for download at…

Privacy? What Privacy?

– It is unusual for the popular (as opposed to technical) press and particularly for The Wall Street Journal to publish a multipart series on the topic of privacy. But the WSJ did it in “What They Know: A Wall Street Journal Investigation” And I think they did a pretty good job. You can find the…

Securing the Web – Dream On

– There are times when a reasonable person might have doubts about their views on a particular topic, especially when so few others appear to advocate the same drastic measures as oneself. So imagine my surprise and sense of validation when I attended a presentation by Roel Schouwenberg, who is a…

Bill Gates, Facebook and Privacy Controls

– While in India this week, Bill Gates made the following comment: He admitted that he once had a Facebook page, but every day “ten thousand people tried to be my friend.” He said he spent too much time trying to decide “Do I know them? Don’t I know them?” Ultimately, he said, “I had to…