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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by SmallPotato on Sat 11th Mar 2006 01:40 UTC
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2006-01-16

I did virtually the same test some time in 2005 in my office. I tested the connectivity of my ISP after a network failure on their side. I put a freshly installed Windows 2000 (no SP) on the net, configured the IP address stuff, opened Internet Explorer to the default first page, and browse the web for a while.

Then...

The machine got infected with a virus before I unplug the network. Within 5 to 10 minutes I think.

I spotted it because I opened regedit after I unplug the network, and I found a malicious entry in HKLM...Run.

"Very nice", I told the technician of the ISP, "The network is working correctly. Both outbound and inbound connection work now."

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