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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flypig
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2005-07-13

I agree that there is always a danger that a list such as this one will be misinterpreted.

I'm just not sure how CERT could have done it differently. All they did was produce a factual list of vulnerabilities based on the information reported to them. It's just something that CERT does. They did the same thing last year, and maintain a running list as well:

http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/bulletins/index.html

Lists like this are important. It would be kind of absurd if they couldn't be produced just for fear them being badly misenterpreted by commentators!

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