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eWeek: MyDoom, Windows and Linux

Feb 05, 2004, 23:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"In MyDoom's aftermath, once more I'm confronted with the old lie that if Linux were only as popular as Windows, it too would have Windows-sized security problems. What nonsense!

"Yes, Linux has security problems too. Yes, by sheer count of security problems patched, Linux, not Windows, has more holes. But that's not important.

"What's really important is how serious those problems are. With Linux, the problems tend to be small and fixed quickly. With Windows, the problems tend to be larger and not fixed quickly enough. Take, for example, the Internet Explorer phishing bug, which everyone knew about by early December but wasn't fixed until Feb. 2..."

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