November 11, 2003

Microsoft prepares security assault on Linux

Microsoft is preparing a major PR assault over Windows perceived security failings in which it will criticise Linux for taking too long to fix bugs,
we have learned.

In a sign that the inroads made by the Open Source community are starting to rattle the software giant, Microsoft has hired several analysts to review
how fast holes are patched in the open source software and is expected to announce that Windows compares favourably.

The strategy, called Days of Risk, measures the number of days it takes programmers to release a public patch after a vulnerability is revealed. While
high-profile holes in Linux and associated software tend to be swiftly dealt with, less prominent problems - which could be just as potentially
damaging - can take weeks or even months to appear.



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