Microsoft-sponsored report slams Linux security

    Date24 Mar 2005
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    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    An "independent" report that claims Linux security vulnerabilities are more numerous and severe than in Windows has been confirmed as having been funded by Microsoft. The Role Comparison Report report by Richard Ford of the Florida Institute of Technology's College of Engineering, and Herbert Thompson of security company Security Innovation, was originally previewed in draft form at the RSA conference in February, where it attracted inevitable criticism for its methodology and claimed bias.

    The study set out to compare Windows Server 2003 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES3, running a range of applications atop the operating systems to check their ability to secure a web server setup. The team then compared the number of known vulnerabilities for the two, finding 52 for Windows, 174 for a default Linux server install, and 132 for a bare-bones Linux setup.

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