eWeek: MyDoom, Windows and Linux

“In MyDoom’s aftermath, once more I’m confronted with the old
lie that if Linux were only as popular as Windows, it too would
have Windows-sized security problems. What nonsense!

“Yes, Linux has security problems too. Yes, by sheer count of
security problems patched, Linux, not Windows, has more holes. But
that’s not important.

“What’s really important is how serious those problems are. With
Linux, the problems tend to be small and fixed quickly. With
Windows, the problems tend to be larger and not fixed quickly
enough. Take, for example, the Internet Explorer phishing bug,
which everyone knew about by early December but wasn’t fixed until
Feb. 2…”


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