- The Peon's Guide To Secure System Development Michael Bacarella, Netgraft Corp
When Larry Ellison first made this claim, I thought it was absolutely brilliant. He knew damned well Oracle wasn't bulletproof, but he wasn't sure what vulnerabilities it had.
Solution? Boast about how secure your software is with the full knowledge that the world is full of hackers who love to try and break software. He knew they couldn't resist the temptation to try. You may as well have been asking a little kid not to eat a piece of candy in his pocket.
Result? Tons of free consulting that resulted in the exposure of security flaws that they could now fix. Hell, if they were lucky, some of the folks even sent a patch. I would have done the same thing Mr. Ellison did, although with the knowledge that you can't go to that well too many times.
Thanks for the free work....SUCKERS!