Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Feb 2009 15:18 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption It's time for another security report. You know, those reports that tally vulnerabilities, and then plot or graph them in such a way that their benefactors or clients come out most favourably. Ok, that might be a bit cynical, but fact remains that there is usually something wrong with such reports. The one that's making its rounds across the internet today is certainly one of them. According to IBM, AIX is the most secure operating system, and Mac OS X the least secure. Not only is the report rather slim on details when it comes to operating system vulnerabilities, it seems like most websites reporting on this story have misunderstood what it was about.
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RE: Tank vs Porsche
by ncc4100 on Thu 12th Feb 2009 15:56 UTC in reply to "Tank vs Porsche"
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Before go disparaging various operating systems, lets make sure we are comparing apples to apples. In the case of AIX and OSX, it is comparing apples to oranges. AIX is an enterprise level OS and OSX is a desktop level OS. They have very different goals. I am not saying that either one of them is better than the other - they are just designed for different purposes. However, when comparing which one is more secure, that becomes a huge can of worms. First of all, using a metric like "disclosed vulnerabilities" is a silly measure. It heavily favors small market share operating systems. Attacks on computers is a function of market share. Malware writers and people who attack systems are in it for the money these days, not necessarily the glory. They are not going to waste their time on small market share OS.

In addition, the vendor is disinclined to fix problems that they know about with this kind of metric.

However, with no other information I am inclined to agree with SReilly in the fact that an OS that installs Telnet by default instead of SSH isn't painting a picture of confidence.

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