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VNUNet.com: The Penguin bites back at Windows [ Followup to 'Windows more secure than Linux?' ]

Feb 06, 2002, 11:55 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Middleton)
"Our postbag has been overflowing, following reports that certain distros of the Linux operating system suffered more security vulnerabilities than Windows last year.

Because all Linux distributions use the same kernel, figures cannot be aggregated for the open source OS. But readers have also pointed out that confusion has resulted from the fact that Linux distros typically ship with bundles of applications, which may also be prone to vulnerabilities.

According to the figures gathered from SecurityFocus's Bugtraq mailing list, mainstream Linux distros such as Mandrake 7.2, Red Hat 7.0 and Debian 2.2 had 33, 28 and 26 security vulnerabilities reported last year respectively."

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