Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 16:16 UTC, submitted by brewin
Privacy, Security, Encryption Microsoft is frequently dinged for having insecure products, with security holes and vulnerabilities. But Symantec, no friend of Microsoft, said in its latest research report that when it comes to widely-used operating systems, Microsoft is doing better overall than its leading commercial competitors. The information was a part of Symantec's 11th Internet Security Threat Report. The report, released this week, covered a huge range of security and vulnerability issues over the last six months of 2006, including operating systems.
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Strange report...
by markjensen on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 17:21 UTC
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I read through relevant sections of the report pdf file, and I see that they only differentiated the Operating Systems for that one "patch time" section. I guess that this one measurement is all that was considered when InternetNews.com declared Microsoft as "Most Secure OS" (a point which was never claimed in the report at all).

The other sections on Vendor responsiveness, Zero-day vulnerabilities, and the various Malicious Code Trends they documented all were a composite across all computing platforms.

A nice analysis (with only one small section that compared different OSes), but a rather broad conclusion has been drawn from that one tiny section (2 pages out of 104). I don't think that this report was intended to draw that type of conclusion, as there isn't enough other information available to get the full picture.

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