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I hope this question isn't closed for being subjective because I think there is a correct answer somewhere, even if it's a wiki-style explanation answer.

One reason for using open source software for me has always been security. Being safe in the knowledge that the important programs I'm running are being looked at by thousands of people every day so that security issues can be fixed. I don't really understand the bug, but it's apparently quite bad and has been around for about 2 years. Does this mean Ubuntu isn't as secure as I have been led to believe? That really there's a chance there are security flaws in Ubuntu that are compromising me now? Or is there an explanation for why this happened despite it being open source, but we don't need to worry about Ubuntu. Is Ubuntu just as unsafe as Windows (or maybe safer but not by much?)

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marked as duplicate by darent, Mitch Apr 10 '14 at 11:42

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@darent I'm not asking if I'm affected. I'm not currently affected, I don't host a web server. Besides, that person was asking if his unsupported version of Ubuntu was affected, I'm talking about the latest Ubuntu. – captainjamie Apr 10 '14 at 9:52
If you're not hosting a web server, how is running Ubuntu or any other OS different every time you're visiting a website supposedly secure? The security of the client you're running has then nothing to do with this, from the moment you start communication with a remote server trough https... – darent Apr 10 '14 at 9:58
@darent Yes, but in that sense everyone is affected. I'm trying to say that since one advantage of using open source was always security and this bug is a major security flaw (apparently, although I wouldn't really know) then what does that mean for Ubuntu and other open source projects (but specifically Ubuntu) – captainjamie Apr 10 '14 at 10:01
No, it was not around for 10 years. It was introduced in 12.04. So you may relax. It is just ordinary bug. – Danatela Apr 10 '14 at 10:02
@dadexix86 Feel free to add an answer – captainjamie Apr 10 '14 at 10:17

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