NEWS FROM THE LAB - Friday, February 18, 2005

Study Finds Windows More Secure Than Linux Posted by Mikko @ 07:10 GMT

An interesting study was presented at the RSA Conference this week.

Richard Ford. Photo (c) M Hypponen 1999Two researchers compared Windows Server 2003 and Red Hat Enterprise Server 3. Their criteria included the number of reported vulnerabilities and their severity, as well as the number of patches issued and days of risk — the period from when a vulnerability is first reported to when a patch is issued.

Windows setup: risk window of 30 days
Red Hat setup: risk window of 71 days

The study was done by Richard Ford, a professor at the Florida Institute of Technology and Herbert Thompson, director of security research at Security Innovation Inc.

"That's a very surprising statistic, and I must say the first time I saw this statistic I thought you messed with my database", commented Dr. Ford.

So it's time to upgrade to a Mac.