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LinuxInsider: Linux Security Holes Opened and Closed

Feb 23, 2004, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"In stark contrast to the long waits typical for Windows users wanting to patch software vulnerabilities, recently discovered security weaknesses in the core of the Linux operating system were addressed by major vendors in a matter of just a few days this week.

"Two security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel's memory management code reported by security researcher iSEC were addressed and are now fixed in versions 2.4.25 and 2.6.3 of the Linux kernel. Linux vendors and distributors that have released fix updates include Red Hat, Novell's SuSE Linux and the Debian Project.

"Independent security expert Ryan Russell said that regardless of the Windows-Linux debate over which operating system is more secure, there is little doubt that open-source vendors respond more quickly when vulnerabilities emerge..."

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