Monday, September 15, 2003

Linux Security
Linux still suffers from far more security bugs and other vulnerabilities than Windows does. Researchers at mi2g Intelligence Unit, which has been tracking and verifying computer-based vulnerabilities since 1995, say that in August 67 percent of all successful and verifiable attacks against servers targeted Linux, compared with just 23.2 percent that targeted Windows--and August was the month during which SoBig.F and MSBlaster hit. Furthermore, 12,892 e-business sites running Linux were
successfully breached during that month, compared with just 4626 sites running Windows. Windows vulnerabilities get more press because more people run Windows on the desktop, so any Windows-based worms or viruses will generally affect a far larger group of individuals. But anyone who thinks that jumping to Linux is a cure-all should think again.

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