Weblog entry — 2003-07-24 00:09:00

John Gilmore, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was ejected from a plane for wearing "Suspected Terrorist" button (as a political statement). Ridiculous. There's too many fucking idiots employed in airline security it seems.

I know there's been a lot about DARPA pulling the funding for OpenBSD, but allow me to point to one more article about it in Software Development Online: "Loose Lips Sink Ships". After a very good description of what Propolice and the new W^X stuff does, it concludes with this quote:

"The idea of removing implementation bugs like buffer overflows is always a good start," says Gary McGraw, CTO of Cigital, a software quality firm. "You can do this statically or place dynamic checks in the code. However, removing buffer overflows alone won't suffice. You need to get the architecture right from a security perspective, too. The open-source guys have a harder time controlling architecture in the chaos."

He said "chaos". I think he's yet another jerk who thinks "Open Source Operating System" equals "Linux". Luckily it doesn't, and the BSD based systems are far from chaotic compared to both Linux and Windows. The BSDs — FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD — are not trying to reinvent the wheel all the time, they're far more concerned with improving on what they already have, which is plenty.