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Listening to darknetdiaries.com/ has been a big eye opener. I used to think that I really understood practical consumer-level security.

The truth is, you either abstain from smart devices and software, or you're vulnerable.

I used to think Open Source was part of a golden standard for security as well. A whole community auditing code aught to be more trustworthy than xyz company, right?

Even if we stuck to the official repos for our distros, we're 1 bad update away from a 0 day.

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@trevdev
You can't have the community audit the whole stack & each quirk/bug that each custom component (or combination of them) introduces...

Not when you have dozens of new IoT devices introduced each week.

@trevdev
And I'm talking about the hw bits as much as anything else. FOSS consumers tend to think of hw as blank canvasses that come in different sizes; better analogy would be each part# = a building that has its own unique list of (usually hidden) issues.

@trevdev
Proprietary software does have one thing going for it: The supported hw+fw environments are somewhat limited.

FOSS could turn that around if communities would standardize this stuff.

@trevdev There are no 100% guarantees of anything in this life. Software is no exception - even libre s/w.

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