Linux Security on the Ropes

    Date09 Feb 2004
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The perception among Linux enthusiasts that "Linux is secure; Windows is woefully insecure" is an inaccurate generalization, Haff said. "If you were grading the two, Linux would get a higher score," but it is not as if Linux would get an "A" and Windows would earn an "F." . . . "If Linux were as widely deployed on the desktop as Windows, and you had distributions that were explicitly set up to make them easy for unsophisticated users to use, you'd have a lot more security issues and worms for Linux than you do today," he said. The perception among Linux enthusiasts that "Linux is secure; Windows is woefully insecure" is an inaccurate generalization, Haff said. "If you were grading the two, Linux would get a higher score," but it is not as if Linux would get an "A" and Windows would earn an "F."

    While Linux might not be the paragon of security, there are structural and historic reasons for its superior security over Windows, Haff said. Chiefly, this is because Linux "is essentially based on a Unix model, which in turn grew up with the concept of computers being connected to networks. That is less true with Windows."

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