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Heartbleed Pricetag to top $500 Million?

darthcamaro (735685) writes | about 6 months ago


darthcamaro (735685) writes "The Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability has dominated IT security headlines for two weeks now as the true impact the flaw and its reach is being felt. But what will all of this cost? One figure that has been suggested is $500 million, using the 2001 W.32 Nimda worm as a precedent. Is that number too low — or is it too high?"
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This is the price you pay for "free" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46804933)

This computer programming error could cost more than most commercial software earns over its entire life cycle.

One must wonder how many more 'bugs' are lurking out there.

Re:This is the price you pay for "free" (1)

cancerouspete (2746963) | about 6 months ago | (#46805919)

perhaps if all the companies making billions off free software were to actually contribute to and fund such open projects, they'd be able to employ the necessary team to find those bugs. if companies don't want to act responsibly about the software they use, then they bear the burden. boohoo.

converse to the argument "this is the price you pay for 'free'", if openssl were a closed development project owned by some company, its certainly possible the same flaw could have existed, except they wouldn't have to tell anyone about it once found -> some hardware might have never gotten fixed, or the bug could have propagated into many more products over many years, the sum-total of that discovery would be far beyond what we are looking at now.
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