NewsForge: Windows vs. Linux Security: No Unbiased Reports
Jul 13, 2004, 11:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Forrester Research published a report last March that came to
the unlikely conclusion that Linux is no more secure than Windows.
Last month, Danish security firm Secunia compared security across
operating systems and concluded that Windows was more secure than
many people think. Both studies are easy to counter with a little
research and common sense, but that still leaves us without any
meaningful third-party operating system security assessment.
"Forrester measured the time between the discovery of a flaw and
the release of a fix for the flaw--a worthwhile metric, but one
that's almost meaningless by itself. If there's any professional
analysis and comparison of the severity of the flaws in Windows
versus Linux, it never made it to press coverage about the report,
and my editors haven't authorized my spending the $900 Forrester
charges for the details..."