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Why Windows Is Less Secure Than Linux

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Remæus on Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:53 pm

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Windows is inherently harder to secure than Linux. There I said it. The simple truth.

Many millions of words have been written and said on this topic. I have a couple of pictures. The basic argument goes like this. In its long evolution, Windows has grown so complicated that it is harder to secure. Well these images make the point very well. Both images are a complete map of the system calls that occur when a web server serves up a single page of html with a single picture. The same page and picture. A system call is an opportunity to address memory. A hacker investigates each memory access to see if it is vulnerable to a buffer overflow attack. The developer must do QA on each of these entry points. The more system calls, the greater potential for vulnerability, the more effort needed to create secure applications.
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Ludwig von Mises, The Theory of Money and Credit wrote:Perpetual vigilance on the part of the citizens can achieve what a thousand laws and dozens of alphabetical bureaus with hordes of employees never have and never will achieve: the preservation of a sound currency.

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Re: Why Windows Is Less Secure Than Linux

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby miyumi on Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:55 pm

as surprising as it is... there are still some people who don't know this. READ IT!

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Re: Why Windows Is Less Secure Than Linux

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby aeleon on Sun Nov 25, 2007 9:45 am

Hate to resurrect this one (as well - I've been doing a lot of grave digging here lately!) but while I don't mean to support windows and bash linux, something else needs to be said:

The vast majority of people use Windows, so the vast majority of people looking to thwart others are going to learn to do so in windows. Just like with Mac, Linux can also be considered 'more secure' because it is demographically less potent. Why learn to hax OSes that don't get used as much when you can learn to hax the main OS of unknowing people making online purchases?

That's another thing: people who use Linux as their primary OS are probably savvier than the average windows user, so any system they owned would be less likely to be penetrable.
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Re: Why Windows Is Less Secure Than Linux

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Vexar on Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:30 pm

I agree with aeleon on this one. People just go out and by a pc.. because they are easier to get than a mac or any other OS on there... They don't treat them right or take the right precautions... If a user is good enough, they can make a windows just as secure as a linux or mac.. It's just.. generally people on windows don't know how...

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