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Posted on 15 July 2001 by Demian Turner

Relative Benefits of your Platform

There seems to be a fair amount of debate between the relative security benefits enjoyed by Microsoft and Linux/Unix hosted sites.

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  1. Anonymous Says:

    The graphs that you showed indicate that Windoze sucks… but look at it this way more windoze boxes are being hacked cuz people dont like them, and i guarantee you they are not being done by MS loyals, sometimes the reason for defacing something is just cuz its got MS on it… :) just a thought… not that any of us would actually do such a thing!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    True, and it’s not suprising that a worm like Code Red wasn’t released against linux boxes :-)

    I think the following comment by Oracle’s Larry Ellison sums up the situation quite succinctly:

    “People are sending attacks to Oracle.com to try to find the NT bugs, but sadly it’s like a fly hitting a wind screen. The wind screen doesn’t budge,” Jarvis said.

    “Microsoft (Corp.)doesn’t even use NT on their own Web site. They use Unix,” he added. “It’s rather ironic.”

    Source:
    http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20011209/wr/tech_oracle_unbreakable_dc_1.html

  3. Anonymous Says:

    While I agree that Microsoft products are probably more frequently targeted, just because they Microsoft products (and try to use the outmoded Security Through Obscurity defence), I would much prefer to see these graphs normalised to take into account the relative numbers of each class of server.

    If there were twice as many Foo servers as there were Bar servers, and every server was equally likely to be hit, then Foo servers would be hit twice as often, simply because there are twice as many to start with.

    In other words, these graphs could (I’m not saying they are, and my initial estimates suggest they don’t) just reflect the power of Microsoft marketing.

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