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Subject:Happy News, for a Change From:Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 15 May 2003 21:21:25 -0700
Earlier this week, I noticed a major security problem in the default
install for a program I was documenting. I duly filed a bug report, and
didn't think much about it.
About noon today, a rather gruff and taicturn programmer from Russia
knocked at my door. He'd just been handed the bug.
"I want to congratulate you," he said. "So far as I know, you are the
first person of your 'profession' " - and I could hear the quotation
marks - "to file a security bug. Certainly, the first in this company.
How did you do it?"
I explained that I had done some journalism about security, and that
being involved with open source projects had made me conscious of
security, too. We chatted for a while, then he left.
A few hours later, I had to talk face to face with several programmers.
All of them made similar comments, and the level of cooperation was
noticeably higher than it had been before.
As far as I was concerned, filing the bug wa a minor thing. In fact, I
considered not filing it. But it made me much more acceptable to the
I'll leave the morale for everyone to make for themselves, but I think
it should be reasonably obvious.
"We'll rant and we'll roar like true British sailors,
We'll rant and we'll roar all across the salt seas,
Until we strike soundings in the channel of old England,
From Ushant to Scilly, 'tis thirty-five leagues."
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