if you took this much time to explain what seemingly you failed to understand yourself, you might as well have done some further reading on the subject and saved some time here. i'll draw your attention to http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=121617056910384&... and its parent post http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=121616990509661&.... read them and understand where Linus drew the line: covering up the security impact of bugs for good. no ifs and buts, it's there in plain and clear text. what spender quoted may not have been the most descriptive to the subject matter but anyone who followed last summer's flamewar knows what it was about and how it concluded. in short, do your own research before educating someone on misrepresentation.