Windows 10: Why Avast won't show source code to the government, but others do

  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       03 Nov 2015 #1

    Why Avast won't show source code to the government, but others do

    NEW YORK -- Ask a chief executive of any security company what the crown jewel of their business is, and they'll tell you it's the source code.

    In a day and age of government spying, hackers, and backdoors, there's a great deal of mistrust and paranoia in the tech industry.

    Governments particularly are on edge that other states are using tech firms to get access to their most critical systems and data, including the US government, which has been shown to conduct industrial espionage (despite its claims that it doesn't).

    It's no surprise that this air of deception has led some countries, like Russia as far back as 2003, and more recently China, to seek access to source code in order to approve or certify products in their countries.

    "No, we refuse to hand over source code," said Vince Steckler, chief executive of Avast, in an hour-long conversation in our New York newsroom late last month.

    "We kinda feel left out," said Steckler, jokingly. "We got the number one footprint in the world, and we've got the biggest install base in the world, and nobody has ever come to us asking us for our source code," he said.

    "We haven't had the chance to say no," he said, smiling.

    Read more: Why Avast won't show source code to the government, but others do | ZDNet
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  2. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1803 (April 2018 build 17134.345)
       03 Nov 2015 #1

    The source code is the property of the programmer or the company making the application. Unless they want it open source, they won't give anyone access. It is like inviting anyone to copy whatever ideas, routines, program parts he wants for their own applications. A company selling an application should never give rivals access to the source code. If anyone is not trusting the company, simply don't use the application. The damage will be far less than leaking the source code to everybody. Besides, why they don't just sandbox the application before using it? They could install it in a virtual isolated environment and test it thoroughly. And when they feel it is safe, they can install it on the real computer.
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