Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2006 22:56 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Open source experts have hit back at a study published by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team that said more vulnerabilities were found in Linux/Unix than in Windows in 2005, labelling the report misleading and confusing. The report has attracted criticism from the open source community. Linux vendor Red Hat said the vulnerabilities had been miscategorised, and so could not be used to compare the relative security of Windows and Linux/Unix platforms.
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do you know windows mr. cox?
by smashIt on Sat 7th Jan 2006 00:37 UTC
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For example, Firefox is categorised as a Unix/Linux operating system flaw, but it runs just as well on a Windows platform. Apache and PHP also run just as well on both platforms. There are methodological flaws in the statistics,

well, the difference is that microsoft doesn't bundle windows with php or apache.
but red hat does. so every bug found in a package included with rhel is a bug in rhel.

You should look at the number of critical vulnerabilities. It's a better comparison to look at the critical vulnerabilities that affect customers due to the platform they use. There are fewer critical vulnerabilities, and they are fixed faster in Red Hat Linux

iirc there was such a comparison between rhel and win 2k3 about a year ago. the "problem" was that windows won...

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