Microsoft patches vulnerabilities fastest

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Ocky, Jun 18, 2007.

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  1. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

    May 6, 2006
    George, S.Africa
    Came across this. It seems MS patches
    publically known vulnerabilities faster than other OS vendors.

    However I still think MS OS's are attacked more often. :p

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  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005

    Sounds like any of the forced statistics made...

    That graph is useless.

    First, it does not tell us how many vulnerabilities were of each kind. When you check that, you will see that non-MS systems have far fewer serious vulnerabilities - so it sounds logical they would patch them with less urgency. For example, if Solaris had some minor vulnerability in an ftp server, it could take them a long time to fix, skewing the results.

    Average is meaningless here. We should look at the median at the very least.

    Second, many other players were left out.

    Third, reality. Windows users get pwned. No-Windows user do not.

    Fourth, reality. My Linuxes get updates daily. Repeat, daily. My Windowses get updates once a month, at best.

    Seems like MS spending so much money on PR - but they'll be gone in 5 years.

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