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Security: RDP and Free Software

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  • Microsoft and Open Source RDP Clients Are Vulnerable to System Takeover Attacks [Ed: Microsoft protocols were all along designed to be vulnerable (for remote access by the state)]
  • Remote Desktop Protocols Riddled With Vulns: Check Point Finds 16 Modes of Pwnage [Ed: Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) has long been known to be crap, but Microsoft still loves it.]
  • Open Source Software: How Good Is Its Overall Security?

    Open source software has been a boon to many individual users and businesses. Open source software development brought about the rise of the Linux and Ubuntu operating systems and the Firefox browser.


    Although it’s possible for a rogue developer to insert malicious code into open source software, this behavior is discouraged by legitimate developers. Software developers form a close community and strive to create the best possible products, so they have a vested interest in keeping their software secure and free from problems.

    CEO Vlad Vorobiov of Ruby Garage notes, “Simply put, the more eyes are looking at code, the more bugs will be found and fixed in a stated period of time……the fact that the software has a strong community around it, which is interested to make it better and believes in its future potential, is a great security indicator on its own.”

  • The dangers of proprietary software

    Let us consider what would have happened if Apple was an open source software or project. First, you would not need to wait for the main developers to patch the issue. You could review the code, make changes and update them as you wish. You could also submit the change to the project’s repository – GitHub or GitLab – and if accepted, the updated code would be implemented for all people to benefit from.

    You wouldn’t need a resume or an interview to see if you are worthy to contribute. You would be judged based on your work. You could be a 10-year-old living in the Arctics, it would not matter.

    As for the reporting of bugs in an open source environment, you can use the available social media channels, messaging platforms or the repository management system to directly reach the main development team. A common practice within open source communities, whether it is involving public blockchains or open source software and projects.

    Such communities are openly available for collaboration, suggestions or participation via an array of social platforms – such as Telegram, Slack, Discord and IRC. This is why they are so powerful, adaptable and robust.

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