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[liberationtech] DecryptoCat

Michael Rogers michael at briarproject.org
Tue Jul 9 01:39:21 PDT 2013


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On 08/07/13 20:35, Maxim Kammerer wrote:
> Writing secure software is relatively easy, and does not rely much
> on abstraction layers or whatever OOP ideology is popular at the
> moment. You just document each function' input/output, test it
> somehow, and check input/output requirements when calling any other
> function. The simpler, the better, it's not difficult.

This is contradicted by a mountain of evidence. The great majority of
developers clearly don't find it easy to write secure software. If
they did, we wouldn't see a constant stream of security patches for
new and old software alike. Google and Mozilla wouldn't have to run
competitions to find holes in their own browsers. There wouldn't be a
multi-million-dollar 0day black market. It wouldn't be possible for
the NSA (according to Snowden) to "simply own" the computer of any
person of interest.

Writing secure software is much, much harder than simply writing
comments, writing tests and coding defensively. You might as well say
that good government consists of wearing a suit, talking about laws,
and remembering not to have wars or recessions.

Cheers,
Michael

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