Survey Results Show Few Linux Security Problems

    Date02 Aug 2004
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Other research companies, such as Denmark-based Acunia, have released surveys that report very different results found by those at Evans. Some of these reports note that Windows and Linux are equally secure. Petreley called these findings "erroneous." Petreley noted that the problem with many of these other surveys is the lack of questions about what made the Linux systems insecure, and how a vulnerability was exploited. . . . Other research companies, such as Denmark-based Acunia, have released surveys that report very different results found by those at Evans. Some of these reports note that Windows and Linux are equally secure. Petreley called these findings "erroneous." Petreley noted that the problem with many of these other surveys is the lack of questions about what made the Linux systems insecure, and how a vulnerability was exploited.

    Evans Data today released survey results showing that 90 percent of Linux systems have never been infected by a virus, and nearly 80 percent have never been hacked.

    The survey of 500 Linux developers worldwide was conducted earlier this month. The respondents' answers were compared to another survey done by Evans in the spring, the North American Development Survey. In that comparison, 3 in 5 non-Linux developers reported a security breach and 32 percent experienced three or more breaches.

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