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Proprietary Insecurity

Other examples of proprietary malware

Nonfree (proprietary) software is very often malware (designed to mistreat the user). Nonfree software is controlled by its developers, which puts them in a position of power over the users; that is the basic injustice. The developers often exercise that power to the detriment of the users they ought to serve.

This page lists clearly established cases of insecurity in proprietary software that has grave consequences or is otherwise noteworthy.

It would be incorrect to compare proprietary software with a fictitious idea of free software as perfect. Every nontrivial program has bugs, and any system, free or proprietary, may have security holes. That in itself is not culpable. But proprietary software developers frequently disregard gaping holes, or even introduce them deliberately, and the users are helpless to fix them.

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