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Windows More Secure than Linux, Two Researchers Claim
Windows More Secure than Linux, Two Researchers Claim

Ah, the religious issue of which is more secure Windows or Linux has reared its divisive head again.

Seems two researchers, one of them a professor from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Linux convert, the other the director of security research and training at Security Innovations and a Microsoft follower, turned up at a session at the RSA Conference in California the other day with evidence in hand saying that Windows is more secure. (This is their finding, kids, we're just the messenger.)

They had compared Windows Server 2003 to Red Hat Enterprise Server 3 running databases, scripting engines and web servers. They looked at the number of reported vulnerabilities and their severity, the number of patches issued and the number of days at risk the systems were.

Windows won 30 to 71 days. They're supposed to issue a report next month.

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y2k_buddy@yahoo.com said

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I have started using Linux since 1 and half year and never intalled any patch! Its a Die Hard! Good Bye to Microsoft.
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If you regularly surf the Internet without the protection of a good firewall, that's unwise. You should periodically check security alerts and ALWAYS patch any vulnerability affecting a feature that you run. Pay particular attention to REMOTE exploits.

The UP side is you seldom have to reboot the machine and almost never have to reinstall the Operating System.

It's a lot harder to exploit a Linux box, but it's not impossible.

=^^=

Every time Microsoft Comes with a New Version it promises Tougher Security! but the promises fades away. Microsoft itself is struggling for its own security, how can they provide its users with security? I would prefer a Linux Box even if it did had some bugs. I have started using Linux since 1 and half year and never intalled any patch! Its a Die Hard! Good Bye to Microsoft.

"as an administrator for Windows box, I have to down load patches and services almost everyday."

I feel your pain. You spend more time trying to keep your Windows toys from being raped than you do using them. I know, I fix a lot of them, but I would never use one for anything more important than playing games. Anyone who seriously argues that Windows is more secure than Linux is an idiot.

"as an administrator for Windows box, I have to down load patches and services almost everyday."

I feel your pain. You spend more time trying to keep your Windows toys from being raped than you do using them. I know, I fix a lot of them, but I would never use one for anything more important than playing games. Anyone who seriously argues that Windows is more secure than Linux is an idiot.

the 2 idiot ronnies

I dont know what these 2 are on about, all I know is as an administrator for Windows box, I have to down load patches and services almost everyday. So these guys must be on drugs or check his underpant, I am sure there is Microsoft written on it.

Maureen loves trolling the back alleys looking for a rusty knife to stick into Linux.

Thanks. A good belly laugh is always a good way to start the day.

All those who know both systems well - very well - know that
the very design of Linux/UNIX makes certain vulnerabilities
impossible. Why do we never get infected by virus?

Those who know something about Linux/UNIX don't have to worry if sombody else's files have been infected by virus. They never can infect any system files and thereby spreading the virus into other users/machines.

Most viruses, found and spread on the internet, would not infect Windows users either, if they had some understanding of their system. The very philosophy of MS is NOT to teach or educate users.

Since 1989 I have used Windows and still viruses, worms, troyans and alike infect Windows! Talk about technical progress!? How many "new" versions have they published yet? You count! Cosmetics have changed, the inner workings are as insecure as ever.

Lindsey
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I'd certainly like to know more about this study. How was this study conducted. In what way is Windows(R) more secure? What exactly is the the study measuring? Reporting that there is a study tells us nothing if we don't know what the study was set up to measure. Security is a very broad term and RSA is a very narrow one. If the study had only to do with some minor detail of RSA. This just isn't a whole picture and only says with respect to one minor area Windows(R) is more secure. However being that I am not one to catch the fanatic bias produced by either side, I do not disbelieve what you are reporting. I simply think that you have left key pieces of information sufficient to make a correct determination out of your report.




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