from the mommy-where-do-patches-come-from dept.
twistedmoney99 writes "The full-disclosure debate is a polarizing one. However, no one can argue that disclosing a vulnerability publicly often results in a patch — and InformIT just proved it again. In March, Seth Fogie found numerous bugs in EZPhotoSales and reported it to the vendor, but nothing was done. In August the problem was posted to Bugtraq, which pointed to a descriptive article outlining numerousbugs in the software — and guess what happens? Several days later a patch appears. Coincidence? Probably not considering the vendor stated "..I'm not sure we could fix it all anyway without a rewrite." Looks like they could fix it, but just needed a little full-disclosure motivation."
"A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple
system that worked."
-- John Gall, _Systemantics_