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RE[4]: He said that word again
by hal2k1 on Fri 8th Dec 2006 06:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: He said that word again"
hal2k1
Member since:
2005-11-11

//I think open source has its share of security holes. //

Certainly, as nothing is perfect.

As a ratio, it would be something like 100,000+ active exploits for Windows compared with every 1 for Linux.

So you are right, Linux does have its share.

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pablo_marx Member since:
2006-02-03

As a ratio, it would be something like 100,000+ active exploits for Windows compared with every 1 for Linux.

Okay, what is the criteria here? One Linux (kernel) exploit vs Windows (Kernel)? Particular kernel version vs. any from all of eternity? Linux distributions vs Windows (OS)? Again, particular versions vs any from all of eternity? Standard applications for the distribution vs. anything that can be ran on it (i.e. SQL Server)?

Regardless of the critiera, I'll gladly cough up a Linux exploit or two. Eagerly awaiting your 100,000 to 200,000 Windows exploits.

Cheers,
Steve

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NotParker Member since:
2006-06-01

As a ratio, it would be something like 100,000+ active exploits for Windows compared with every 1 for Linux.

2 for Debian. 1 for GNU's Savannah server.

Firefox has proven otherwise. I notice from the web analytics firms there are lots of pre-1.5 Firefox installs out there ... which are incredibly insecure.

RedHat has hundreds of security issues on the security errata page.

As I've noted, XP SP2 default install (Firewall on and automatic patching) did not get exploited when tested by a Honeynet Project.

Yet Debian got cracked by a zero day exploit.

Microsofts Security Lifecycle has helped make IIS6 and SQl 2000 SP4+ very secure compared to Apache and Oracle.

Vista has gone through the same process.

IE7 runs in reduced privledge mode on Vista. And under XP Sp2 is very secure. (And has 11% market share on some sites beating Firefox).

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netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

IE7 runs in reduced privledge mode on Vista. And under XP Sp2 is very secure. (And has 11% market share on some sites beating Firefox).

When a user installs XP he automatically runs as admin thereafter.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"As a ratio, it would be something like 100,000+ active exploits for Windows compared with every 1 for Linux."

Pulling numbers out of your ass doesn't count as facts. I dislike Windows as much as the next guy but come on, absolutely no-one is helped by fabricated numbers like that.

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