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<h2>Proprietary Coverups</h2>

<p><a href="/proprietary/proprietary.html">Other examples of proprietary malware</a></p>

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<p>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; <a
href="/philosophy/free-software-even-more-important.html">that is the
basic injustice</a>. The developers and manufacturers often exercise
that power to the detriment of the users they ought to serve.</p>

<p>This typically takes the form of malicious functionalities.</p>
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<p>This page lists instances where proprietary software had a bug,
and the developers converted it into a malicious functionality by
trying to cover up the existence of the bug.</p>

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    <p>Price Waterhouse Coopers tried
    to suppress knowledge of a security flaw by <a
    href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/pwc-sends-security-researchers-cease-and-desist-letter-instead-of-fixing-security-flaw/">
    making legal threats against the security company that found
    it</a>.</p>
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