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[News] Windows is a Flaw Severity King

Windows Continues to Be a Security Threat

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| To me, the very fact that Windows had the most serious holes is an
| obvious sign that it's the least secure of the three operating
| systems mentioned above. Even though Microsoft may fix these holes
| relatively fast, they're still there, and there's no reason to
| reward them for that. In fact, it's only right that they fix the
| holes quicker than the competition because the holes are more
| severe and they have to stay on top of them.
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http://www.osweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2517&Itemid=449
http://tinyurl.com/2wn39f


Related:

2006 Operating System Vulnerability Summary

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| As far as "straight-out-of-box" conditions go, both Microsoft's
| Windows and Apple's OS X are ripe with remotely accessible
| vulnerabilities.
| 
| [...]
| 
| The UNIX and Linux variants present a much more robust
| exterior to the outside. Even when the pre-configured server
| binaries are enabled, each system generally maintained its
| integrity against remote attacks.
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http://www.omninerd.com/2007/03/26/articles/74


Linux vs. Windows: Which is Most Secure?

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| True to UNIX.
| Qualitative score: Windows gets a D+ while Linux gets an A-.
| "Bummer of a birthmark"
| Qualitative score: Windows gets an F while Linux gets an A.
| User data confidentiality.
| Qualitative score: Windows gets a B- while Linux gets a B+.
| Patch practices
| Qualitative score: Windows gets an A- while Linux gets a B+.
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http://www.esecurityplanet.com/views/article.php/3665801


Linux Security: A Big Edge Over Windows

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| Linux is better at locking down a computer than Windows. The Linux OS
| uses configuration settings and user permissions to a much more
| efficient degree than the Windows administrator account. To do
| this, non-enterprise users should seek help from third-party
| security suites that serve as configuration managers, James
| Bottomley, chief technology officer of SteelEye Technology said.
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http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/54742.html


Security Report: Windows vs Linux

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| Finally, we also include a brief overview of relevant conceptual
| differences between Windows and Linux, to offer an insight into why
| Windows tends to be more vulnerable to attacks at both server and desktop,
| and why Linux is inherently more secure
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/security/security_report_windows_vs_linux/


The problems with Vista laid bare - What might have been

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| ...the trick that XP misses is that you must compel all ordinary
| users to have restricted, non-admin accounts. You make it impossible
| - or at least really hard - for normal accounts to have super-user
| powers. Ordinary users can see their own files, but not each other's 
| or the protected ones of the OS itself, and they can't touch anything
| that might cause problems.
| 
| [...]
| 
| It's never going to happen now - it's too late for Vista, and after
| this, there will probably never be such a big change in Windows again,
| until it's replaced with something new.
| 
| But here's a fun thought. What if Microsoft were held legally
| responsible for all those vulnerable, insecure Windows
| installations out there? 
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=38419


Why Windows is less secure than Linux

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| Windows is inherently harder to secure than Linux. There I said
| it. The simple truth.
| 
| Many millions of words have been written and said on this topic.
| I have a couple of pictures.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/threatchaos/?p=311


Linux more secure than Windows, national survey shows

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| In its first annual Security Issues Survey for the debut of the Software 
| Security Summit conference in La Jolla, California, BZ Research polled 
| 6,344 software development managers about the security of different popular 
| enterprise operating environments and Linux and open source consistently 
| topped Microsoft Windows, according to respondents.
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http://www.xomba.com/linux_more_secure_than_windows_national_survey_shows


Microsoft Windows: Insecure by Design

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A34978-2003Aug23?language=printer


If Only We Knew Then What We Know Now About Windows XP

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| You can think of Windows XP as a house with a second floor built of
| spackle, wood filler and duct tape.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/23/AR2006092300510.html?nav=rss_technology


Why Windows is a security nightmare.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/21/1085120110704.html


The Structural Failures of Windows

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=15305


Despite Vulnerabilities, Apple's Mac OS X Weathers The Security Storm

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| I still think the Mac is safer than Windows. It has a reduced
| threat environment. 
| 
| [...]
| 
| Marius van Oers, a virus research engineer at McAfee, posted a blog last
| week that showed there are more than 236,000 pieces of malware "in the 
| wild." The vast majority are aimed at the Windows environment. Only about 
| 700 are meant for the various Unix/Linux distributions, van Oers wrote. How
| many are for the Mac OS X platform? Seven or less, he said, calling
| the threat "pretty much non-existent at the moment."
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070331/tc_cmp/198701479;_ylt=A9G_RwQ7URBGdGkAoQAjtBAF

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