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Security experts hit back at presidential advisor

Security experts have been quick to hit back at an advisor of President Bush for criticising software developers’ coding practices. Security experts have hit back at an advisor to the US’s Homeland Security Council and President Bush for criticising the software industry for producing flawed code. At the RSA Security conference in San Francisco last week, retired lieutenant-general John Gordon lashed out against software developers for not producing secure code; security experts have said Gordon’s comments “missed the point” and his ideas are “not feasible”. During his keynote speech, Gordon questioned how much effort developers put into ensuring their code is watertight. “It cannot be beyond our ability to learn how to write and distribute software with much higher standards of care and much reduced rate of errors and much reduced set of vulnerabilities,” he said. Although Gordon’s keynote followed a day after that of Microsoft’s chairman Bill Gates, his comments were aimed at the entire software industry rather than at the Redmond giant, which is often criticised for not paying enough attention to security. Full Story

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