5,198 Linux, Windows OS Flaws in 2005

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    The good thing is, while their maybe more flaws in Linux/Unix ... the fact that it isn't any where near is popular as Windows, helps it remain 'safe', I don't believe there as many currently active exploitable holes as there are in Windows. I feel completely safe using it, I'm far more adventurous in Linux than Windows, in regards to risky hex ... I employ as no security measures other than file permissions, a basic firewall, (other than the gateway router) and an Clam AV ... and still no harm done. :cool:

    It is funny though how popularity dictates perception .... I'd have thought it the other way around ... Overall good going by M$. Other than the latest current exploit, which has been known to them for quite some time, yet remained unpatched until the day before yesterday. It says a lot about Microsofts new dedication to security. Well done. :)
     
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    This is very dumb, actually. "Unix/Linux" is not a single operating system. Any given OpenBSD or NetBSD distribution has had only an infinitesimal part of the reported "Unix/Linux" vulnerabilities. Not to mention that to define a thing "a vulnerability" says almost nothing at all anyway. A local denial of service is certainly not like a remote root access vulnerability.

    Also, many Linux distributions come with a truckload of installed programs; Windows comes with almost no installed programs at all. Are they including those utilities too?
     
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    Yep. Actually, these statistics are not even "flawed", they are just dumb. I work both on a Windows machine and UNIX machine and I certainly didn't have to fix 2,328 vulnerabilities for the latter (nor did anybody in the world for his own). On the contrary, I almost had nothing to patch at all.
     
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