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Microsoft boasts of Vista's security report card for first 90 days


Microsoft Security Strategy Director Jeff Jones has released a report card on Windows Vista security for the first 90 days since its release to businesses last November. Jones compares the vulnerabilities in Windows Vista to Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.4, Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, and Novell SUSE 10 -- and looks at the number of vulnerabilities reported and fixed for each OS. 

As you would expect (since Microsoft is revealing this information), Vista faired extremely well. It had fewer reported vulnerabilities than any of the other operating systems, with only 5 security holes overall (4 unpatched). By comparison, Windows XP had 18 vulnerabilities (4 unpatched) and Mac OS X 10.4 had 37 vulnerabilities (17 unpatched). The Linux distros all had much higher numbers of discovered vulnerabilities, but that's not really a fair comparison because they include software flaws for individual programs in addition to the operating system vulnerabilities, plus open source users find and report little bugs all the time. 

For a further evaluation of the numbers, check out Ryan Naraine's report over on ZDNet.

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4 comments
Fil0403
Fil0403

It is not fair because Windows bugs also include software bugs, like WMP and IE7 bugs. But I know that a report card about security is only fair when it concludes Windows is the least secure piece of software in the planet, even if reality is much closer to the opposite.

DanLM
DanLM

Not saying that they don't or won't have them. But they seem to be a lot more stable and secure. BSD machines are very visible in the web hosting role, so the argument that they are not visible to the hacking community just doesn't fly. Especially since they have held that role for a number of years. And yes, I do use MS for my desktop. And no, I do not have any plans of moving away from MS for a desk top. But I am moving away from MS in the applications that I use on the desk top. It isn't as hard as people try to make it. And I find that MS bogs down every computer I have ever been on. So the crap that Open Source is a bigger resource hog doesn't fly for me either. I consider Outlook, Word, and Excel pigs. They just suck up good resources that I need for other applications. With the virus protection they require crippling the machine more. Dan

qballrail
qballrail

The security features of Vista are absolutely absurd. Even though file sharing is turned ON, Vista cannot share out files. I am also having issues with XP machines and Vista machines seeing each other. I truly feel Microsoft should have done more refinements before releasing this pig with lipstick, as one tech referred to it.

Fil0403
Fil0403

I meant "It *IS* fair (...)". I am sorry for the mistake.