Torvalds Mad at Security Industry
A couple of days ago in the gmane mailing lists Linus Torvalds, the famous creator of Linux went berserk against what he named as "the whole security circus". Apparently, he's very annoyed by the fame-boost people get each time they find a new security bug. In the same post he also delighted us with some quotes regarding OpenBSD as; "I think the OpenBSD crowd is a bunch of masturbating monkeys" and "...they make such a big deal about concentrating on security to the point where they pretty much admit that nothing else matters to them..." He states that in his view, a security bug is no more important than any other traditional bug and in fact, traditional bug are _WAY_ more important. Here is the link to the original post and here's a copy of the message:
On Tue, 15 Jul 2008, Linus Torvalds wrote: > > So as far as I'm concerned, "disclosing" is the fixing of the bug. It's > the "look at the source" approach. Btw, and you may not like this, since you are so focused on security, one reason I refuse to bother with the whole security circus is that I think it glorifies - and thus encourages - the wrong behavior. It makes "heroes" out of security people, as if the people who don't just fix normal bugs aren't as important. In fact, all the boring normal bugs are _way_ more important, just because there's a lot more of them. I don't think some spectacular security hole should be glorified or cared about as being any more "special" than a random spectacular crash due to bad locking. Security people are often the black-and-white kind of people that I can't stand. I think the OpenBSD crowd is a bunch of masturbating monkeys, in that they make such a big deal about concentrating on security to the point where they pretty much admit that nothing else matters to them. To me, security is important. But it's no less important than everything *else* that is also important! LinusTough words to read from someone who did so much for what we have today.