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sjenkin at pcug.org.au
Tue Nov 19 22:58:13 EST 2002
FUD - Fear Uncertainity & Doubt.
Is this misinformation or 'for real'???
Haven't heard of Gartner withdrawing its Sep 2001 warning to abandon MS-IIS.
"Study: Linux's Security Problems Outstrip Microsoft's"
NewsFactor Network (11/15/02); Maguire, James
Open source software has more security holes than Microsoft software,
according to an Aberdeen Group report. The report backs up its
conclusions with findings from the Computer Emergency Response Team
(CERT), in which 16 out of 29 advisories issued in the first 10 months of
2002 were related to open source and Linux software; in contrast,
Microsoft software accounted for only seven reported problems. CERT
also reports that the number of Trojan horse and virus advisories
revolving around Microsoft applications fell from six in 2001 to zero in
the first 10 months of 2002. Aberdeen Group research director Eric
Hemmendinger, who co-authored the report, notes that the greater
number of open source vulnerabilities runs counter to the assumption
that Microsoft software has the weakest security. He attributes the rise
in open source security flaws to a lack of a quality assurance testing
entity. Meanwhile, Hemmendinger believes that the shrinkage of
Microsoft security problems could demonstrate that the company's
increased emphasis on security is having a noticeable effect. "[T]here
have been a number of things that have gone on [in Microsoft] over the
last couple years reflecting that they know security matters, and that
they had to pay attention to it," he declares. Hemmendinger anticipates
that Microsoft security problems will either continue to fall or plateau,
while open source security advisories will continue to rise.
Steve Jenkin, Unix Sys Admin
PO Box 48, Kippax, ACT 2615
0412 786 915
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