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It is true that the developer of the original application can be malicious: Ken Thompson's famous (and seminal, and also very readable) paper "Reflections on Trusting Trust" makes clear just how deep that rabbit hole can go. Absolute security is very difficult to achieve, and free software is not a perfect remedy for this. But between absolute ...


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You can not be. The only difference is, that with an opensource software, there is at least some chance that a backdoor is revealed. In the case of closed source, the chance is close to zero (maybe if the most honored producer commits a mistake). Note, actually searching for security holes in a software is a different skill than developing it, thus the ...


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