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Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS
« on: March 22, 2007, 08:34:08 pm »
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UPDATED: Microsoft is frequently dinged for having insecure products, with security holes and vulnerabilities. But Symantec (Quote), no friend of Microsoft, said in its latest research report that when it comes to widely-used operating systems, Microsoft is doing better overall than its leading commercial competitors.

The information was a part of Symantec's 11th Internet Security Threat Report. The report, released this week, covered a huge range of security and vulnerability issues over the last six months of 2006, including operating systems.

The report found that Microsoft (Quote) Windows had the fewest number of patches and the shortest average patch development time of the five operating systems it monitored in the last six months of 2006.

Red Hat Linux was the next-best performer, requiring an average of 58 days to address a total of 208 vulnerabilities. However, this was a significant increase in both problems and fix time over the first half of 2006, when there were 42 vulnerabilities in Red Hat and the average turnaround was 13 days.

The one bright spot in all of this is that of the 208 Red Hat vulnerabilities, the most of the top five operating systems, only two were considered high severity, 130 were medium severity, and 76 were considered low.

Then there's Mac OS X. Despite the latest TV ads ridiculing the security in Vista with a Matrix-like Agent playing the UAC in Vista, Apple (Quote) has nothing to brag about. Symantec found 43 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X and a 66 day turnaround on fixes. Fortunately, only one was high priority.

Like the others, this is also an increase over the first half of the year. For the first half of 2006, 21 vulnerabilities were found in Mac OS X and Apple took on average 37 days to fix them.

Bringing up the rear were HP-UX from Hewlett Packard (Quote) and Solaris from Sun (Quote). HP-UX had 98 vulnerabilities in the second half of 06 and took 101 days to fix them. Sun, though, really dragged its feet, taking on average 122 days to fix 63 vulnerabilities. It wasn't doing much better in the first half of 06, either. It took 89 days to fix 16 vulnerabilities.
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Re: Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007, 09:47:44 pm »
note that you forgot to include this part:

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Sun specifically disputed Symantec's data and conclusions in a statement emailed to internetnews.com:

"Symantec's data on security vulnerabilities simply does not match Sun's. We can't verify Symantec's sources and consider their report on Sun inaccurate. From 7/1/06-12/31/06 we published 54 Security Sun Alerts, of which 36 were for Solaris - substantially less the 63 Solaris vulnerabilities claimed in the Symantec report. Past analysis of our vulnerability response shows we responded within five days for the vast majority of vulnerabilities, but averages are skewed by a small minority of 3rd party applications (or code) that are included/bundled with Solaris. Sun responds to all reports of security vulnerabilities, and we stand by our reputation and established track record of responding to security vulnerabilities with Sun Alerts and a quick turnaround time for patches.
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Re: Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007, 09:49:41 pm »
note that you forgot to include this part:

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Sun specifically disputed Symantec's data and conclusions in a statement emailed to internetnews.com:

"Symantec's data on security vulnerabilities simply does not match Sun's. We can't verify Symantec's sources and consider their report on Sun inaccurate. From 7/1/06-12/31/06 we published 54 Security Sun Alerts, of which 36 were for Solaris - substantially less the 63 Solaris vulnerabilities claimed in the Symantec report. Past analysis of our vulnerability response shows we responded within five days for the vast majority of vulnerabilities, but averages are skewed by a small minority of 3rd party applications (or code) that are included/bundled with Solaris. Sun responds to all reports of security vulnerabilities, and we stand by our reputation and established track record of responding to security vulnerabilities with Sun Alerts and a quick turnaround time for patches.

Ill take symantecs word over Suns.
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Re: Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2007, 09:53:38 pm »
note that you forgot to include this part:

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Sun specifically disputed Symantec's data and conclusions in a statement emailed to internetnews.com:

"Symantec's data on security vulnerabilities simply does not match Sun's. We can't verify Symantec's sources and consider their report on Sun inaccurate. From 7/1/06-12/31/06 we published 54 Security Sun Alerts, of which 36 were for Solaris - substantially less the 63 Solaris vulnerabilities claimed in the Symantec report. Past analysis of our vulnerability response shows we responded within five days for the vast majority of vulnerabilities, but averages are skewed by a small minority of 3rd party applications (or code) that are included/bundled with Solaris. Sun responds to all reports of security vulnerabilities, and we stand by our reputation and established track record of responding to security vulnerabilities with Sun Alerts and a quick turnaround time for patches.

Ill take symantecs word over Suns.

I would do that . . . if I read Symantic's word first.  I don't trust journalists to accurately summarize a technical report.
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Re: Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2007, 12:58:56 am »
There is one fundamental thing that a lot of Mac cheerleaders miss and it is that there is no incentive for hackers and virus/spyware programmers (if you can really give them that title). This is that their systems run on a thin minority of the world's computers and therefore no one even bothers to mess with them. Windows holds the big stick here and therefore is the main target, and along with this Windows users also have some of the stupidest computer users there are and they will install anything and everything without looking at what they are putting on their computers which is why Microsoft has to develop something like UAC to combat this and make Vista this way.

If I have one big issue with Microsoft it is the fact that I can only install Vista or even XP on one system and if they allowed for me when I get it to install it on at least 3 and successfully activate it on all those systems then I would be satisfied.

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Re: Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2007, 12:04:31 pm »
Cue Saxon's Microsoft Bashing and Penguin worshipping...
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Re: Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2007, 07:23:59 pm »
Cue Saxon's Microsoft Bashing and Penguin worshipping...

I'd rather have him worshiping the penguin than the hand talking Mac users  referee1