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SRO: And The Loser Is ... [Bugtraq Record on MS Security]

May 16, 2000, 19:26 (10 Talkback[s])

"Does NT4 have the worst security of all operating systems?"

"Is there a trend here? Yes, actually there is. Microsoft operating systems, especially NT, has more reported security bugs over the last two years than any other operating system. You can see it for yourself in SecurityFocus' just released statistics on how many vulnerabilities associated with each of operating system and platform is in their database for these last three years."

"SecurityFocus is careful to point out that there study has many flaws. Those include that there is no weighing of the seriousness of any given problem. A fundamental and devastating flaw, like an easy way to gain root access on a Unix system, is given the same value as a program revealing more than it should about its operating environment. In particular, it emphasizes that its numbers should "not be taken to imply that some particular operating system or application is more or less secure than another one." Still, the sheer numbers lend empirical evidence to what most security experts have learned over the years."

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