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NFR Wizards Archive: Re: Re[2]: Penetration testing via shrinkw

Re: Re[2]: Penetration testing via shrinkware

Marcus J. Ranum (mjrnfr.net)
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 17:40:53 -0400

Richard Christie wrote:
>What your really driving at Marcus is developing software in a trusted manner.
>Companies developing Firewall software should be evaluated by SEI for a
>Capability Maturity Model (CMM) rating.


More formalistic nonsense scams! Does someone's ability to
predictably generate documentation really correlate to their
ability to produce a good product that works?? The SEI evaluation
may have some validity, but it strikes me more like an attempt
to do one of those ISO9000-oid certification scams.

It's important that people developing security products know
what they're doing, and know how to write security critical
code -- but I can't think of a practical way to legislate it.


Marcus J. Ranum, CEO, Network Flight Recorder, Inc.
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