Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Mar 2006 12:29 UTC, submitted by Moule
Privacy, Security, Encryption It's official, boys and girls: it's easier to kick in a door when it's open. "A test has revealed that a Linux server is far less likely to be compromised. In fact, unpatched Red Hat and SuSE servers were not breached at all during a six-week trial, while the equivalent Windows systems were compromised within hours. However, patching does make a difference. Patched versions of Windows fared far better, remaining untouched throughout the test, as did the Red Hat and Suse deployments."
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RE: Confusing
by DrillSgt on Fri 10th Mar 2006 14:49 UTC in reply to "Confusing"
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"If the former, then it's slightly unfair. Last time I checked, there aren't many automated trojans/worms/etc that are actively scanning networks for holes in Linux boxes, especially vendor-specific stuff."

This is a good point, but don't discount the manual scanners. There are people out there that scan entire networks to find *nix machines with security holes so they can install a rootkit. True that it is not automated, but it actually makes it more serious, as there is thinking behind it.

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