There goes that analogy?

So Medeco Locks, often cited as the unpickable-in-practice lock, can be picked.  Not just picked, bump keyed.  I guess that’s sad if you’re Medeco, though I suspect that in their heart of hearts, they know as well as I do that lockpicking thieves are rarely the high-probability threat.

I don’t know if there are vendors out there calling their solution the “Medeco of internet security” but I suppose they’ll want to stop, if so.  The nice thing, though, is that the whole fracas is a delicious example of General Security Maxim #6:

If your product is unbreakable, you are wrong.  Also, here comes the breaking.

If you suffer from this tendency to overstate security claims, I’ve created a motivational poster to help you remember.

(Thank you johpan for the ostrich, and flickr toys for the insta-motivate.)

2 thoughts on “There goes that analogy?

  1. Just came to mind…

    HUBRIS
    If you think your design is one size fits all, you are wrong.
    Also, here comes the resizing.

  2. Robert, that’s not necessarily true. I own several pairs of socks advertised as sizes 5 to 11 (UK); my feet are size 13 and the socks fit nicely.

    There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

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