security through obscurity

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security through obscurity (uncountable)

  1. (computer security) Relying on a potential attacker's lack of knowledge as a means of security.
    • 1990, W Cattey, The Evolution of turnin A Classroom Oriented File Exchange Service, USENIX Summer Conference:
      This security through obscurity proved adequate for our prototype, but it was unacceptable for a turnin service in wide use.
    • 2006, Harold F. Tipton, Micki Krause, Information Security Management Handbook:
      According to security-through-obscurity advocates, if we carefully hide our gaping vulnerabilities from our enemies, the bad guys will give up in frustration when they cannot easily find holes.
    • 2008, Shon Harris, CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide:
      Things such as security through obscurity become common practices that usually have damaging results.


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