"Computer security is a precarious business both from a product
development and administrative standpoint. Operating system vendors
are forced to constantly patch their software to keep consumers
protected from the latest digital threats. But which operating
systems are the most secure? A recent report by Symantec hints that
Windows currently presents fewer security holes than its commercial
competitors.1 To that, a typical consultant would respond "well,
that depends," as security auditors generally take such statements
with a grain of salt. It depends on the configurations of the
hosts, the breadth of the included binaries and the scope of what
'commercial competitors' entails. Differing opinions on this
interpretation lead to different conclusions. SecurityFocus, for
instance, shows that various overall vulnerabilities surged in 2006
while ISS (Internet Security Systems) reports that operating system
specific exploits declined..."
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