The-25-Year-Old-UNIX-Bug

if anything shows that open source is not inherently more stable and secure:
 
 
from the article:

Marshall Kirk McKusick, the original developer of the *dir() library, commented on the issue in a personal conversation with Balmer:

As the original author of the *dir() library, you probably fixed one of my bugs :-). Prior to the *dir() commands, programs just opened, read, and interpreted directories directly. I had to update a shocking 22 programs (a large percentage of the programs available on UNIX at the time) to replace their direct interpretation of directories with the *dir() library calls.
 
 
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