[svlug] looking for statistics on NT vs Linux security issues?

Tin Le tin at le.org
Thu May 25 18:31:16 PDT 2000


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There is stats here.

http://www.securityfocus.com/frames/?content=/vdb/stats.html

The number of problems reported in Linux depends on the distro one uses.

Now is probably a good time for your management to look at hiring
an outside security auditor.  Have them do both a yearly check plus
unannounced audits.  No, I am not looking for work, already have a full
time job.

Tin Le
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http://tin.le.org
Internet Security and Firewall Consulting
Tin Le - tin at le.org

On Thu, 25 May 2000, Daevid Vincent wrote:

> Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 16:58:47 -0700
> From: Daevid Vincent <DayWalker at TheMatrix.com>
> To: SVLUG <svlug at svlug.org>
> Subject: [svlug] looking for statistics on NT vs Linux security issues?

> So, we've been faithfully running Linux for almost 1.5 years without a
> problem or hack. And Sunday we were penetrated (no real dammage occured) and
> our Linux server was used in a DoS attack on some other machines. Now our
> VP's and stuff are freaking out and wanting to switch to NT. Ironically, our
> NT server we had was completely crashed, while the Linux box was still
> running it's normal tasks in addition to its new DoS program ;-)

> I'd like to send them some statistics to show them that Linux is more secure
> than NT and we shouldn't jump ship and that moving to NT is not only going
> to be a big hassle, but also open us up for even more holes. Or maybe I'm
> completely wrong... but I was hoping that the bugtraq site would have had
> some statistics showing the number of incidents of Linux vs NT related
> holes, hacks, etc... Perhaps the number of closed vs. open security holes
> too. (I know that the Linux ones are patched within hours in most cases)

> http://www.securityfocus.com/

> Can someone please help to point me at good resources with graphs or
> numbers.

> daevid.com


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