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Techworld: Test Shows How Vulnerable Unpatched Windows Is

Mar 10, 2006, 16:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

"A test has revealed that a Linux server is far less likely to be compromised. In fact, unpatched Red Hat and SuSE servers were not breached at all during a six-week trial, while the equivalent Windows systems were compromised within hours.

"An unpatched Windows 2000 Server was the quickest to be compromised, at an hour and 17 minutes, while unpatched Windows Server 2003 lasted slightly longer. Windows XP Professional, unpatched, lasted one hour and 12 seconds. Meanwhile, Unpatched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and SuSE Linux 9 Desktop weren't compromised during the month and a half it was exposed to the Internet..."

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