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Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 16:19:46 -0800
From: coderman <coderman@...il.com>
To: "Pavel Kankovsky" <peak@...o.troja.mff.cuni.cz>
Cc: full-disclosure@...ts.grok.org.uk
Subject: Re: emergent security properties

On 12/26/06, Pavel Kankovsky <peak@...o.troja.mff.cuni.cz> wrote:
> ...
> I am afraid it will be pretty difficult to find an example where the
> security increases with complexity. Perhaps some Byzantine
> "security-breach tolerant" systems?

the only example that comes to mind is distributed / collaborative
anomaly detection systems which become more robust with a larger
number of entities and interactions to observe.

in such a scenario, the ability of the system to accurately "detect"
malicious activities or unusual failures would increase with the
complexity of the system.

[though this exposes a critical distributed component to attackers;
poorly implemented and you've got a global witty worm, or worse...]

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