[Nottingham] [News] Linux 3x more vulnerable than Windows!

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Thu Jan 12 22:42:52 GMT 2006


Linux 3x more vulnerable than Windows!

And its all in the statistics...

Linux Vulnerability Report Draws Criticism


"while many in the trade press have concluded that Windows is three 
times safer than Linux, the government figures are somewhat misleading."

"counting the number of software vulnerabilities is a "rear view" 
approach that only measures flaws after they are publicly revealed. 
"CERT does not measure the security of a given platform, and it is hard 
to draw any definitive conclusions from these numbers," he said.

The Windows OS, given its ubiquity, remains the favorite target of 
hackers and malware practitioners, said Jaquith.

Unlike Microsoft, said Brockmeier, the Linux community takes a proactive 
approach to security, seeking out flaws in the platform. Microsoft, on 
the other hand, does not open its code to scrutiny, and only reacts when 
it is notified of problems, he argued."

I wonder who in there is on the MS payroll to so blatently misrepresent 
the figures?...


Martin Lomas
martin at ml1.co.uk

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