April 13, 2004

Lies, damned lies and patches

Vendors can argue about platform security all they want, but thereâs a simple test of a secure computer: itâs the machine that has been patched, says Kerry Thompson.

Thompson says a recent report by Forrester Research comparing the security record of Windows and Linux systems rehashes an old argument but doesnât address whether an individual machine has all security patches installed.

Forrester concluded that Windows is not necessarily less secure than Linux. Windows flaws tended to be more severe, but Linux vendors tended to take longer than Microsoft to ship patches.

Link: ComputerWorld NZ


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