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Proprietary Insecurity


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 and manufacturers often exercise that power to the detriment of the users they ought to serve.

This typically takes the form of malicious functionalities.


This page lists clearly established cases of insecurity in proprietary software that has grave consequences or is otherwise noteworthy. Even though most of these security flaws are unintentional, thus are not malicious functionalities in a strict sense, we report them to show that proprietary software is not immune to bugs, and is often quite sloppy.

All complex programs, whether free or proprietary, contain bugs. What makes bugs more dangerous in proprietary software is that users are helpless to fix any security problems that arise. Keeping the users helpless is what's culpable about proprietary software.

If you know of an example that ought to be in this page but isn't here, please write to <webmasters@gnu.org> to inform us. Please include the URL of a trustworthy reference or two to serve as specific substantiation.

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