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When testing isn’t welcome

Posted in Load testing,Software testing by testing in London on December 17, 2007

From eWeek 

I’ve been involved in performance-testing of software for about 20 years and every now and then you run into vendors whose license agreements forbid the use of the software for performance testing, at least for publication of the results. I’m not sure if this is still the case, but database vendors have been especially infamous for such provisions.

In the testing biz we’ve always tried to run as close to the edge as possible on these provisions, and it’s tempting to just dare the vendor to sue you (of course only the loser of the test would do so). It’s in this fine tradition that companies like Autonomy forbid the release of vulnerability information on their products: “…our license agreements expressly prohibit the actions taken by you in connection with your publication….”

I’m not a lawyer, and maybe provisions like this are ultimately enforceable. Maybe Autonomy can force Secunia to redact or even remove vulnerability reports on their products.

Who is the more damaged party in this event? I know if I were a KeyView customer (or a customer of IBM or Symantec products which bundle KeyView) I could only conclude that Autonomy is more interested in hushing up vulnerabilities than correcting them. This is a sad state of affairs.

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