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[News] Jermey Allison on Why Free Software is More Secure, Less Buggy

  • Subject: [News] Jermey Allison on Why Free Software is More Secure, Less Buggy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 20:29:16 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Insecurity blues: What I learned from my buggy code

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| Is it easier to find and fix security bugs in Open Source/Free Software code 
| rather than proprietary code? My personal feeling on that is "yes". Being 
| able to examine the intent of the author by looking at the code and comments 
| makes it much easier to see where the intent and the code don't match. That's 
| where the security bugs live. Is Open Source/Free Software code safer than 
| proprietary code? I'd say "yes" to that also.     



Microsoft FUDwatch: Windows vs. Linux security

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| Microsoft is adept at twisting the truth about how open source works. Every 
| person in that company knows or should know by now that significant 
| commercial interests are involved in open-source development, and especially 
| Linux. So when Mr. Edmonds refers to "volunteer developers," he's surely 
| creating a false strawman (just as Bill Hilf recently did).    



Skeletons in Microsoft’s Patch Day closet

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| This is the first time I’ve seen Microsoft prominently admit to silently 
| fixing vulnerabilities in its bulletins — a controversial practice that 
| effectively reduces the number of publicly documented bug fixes (for those 
| keeping count) and affects patch management/deployment decisions.   


Beware of undisclosed Microsoft patches

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| Forget for a moment whether Microsoft is throwing off patch counts 
| that Microsoft brass use to compare its security record with those 
| of its competitors. What do you think of Redmond’s silent patching 
| practice?


Microsoft is Counting Bugs Again

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| Sorry, but Microsoft's self-evaluating security counting isn't really a 
| good accounting.
| [...]
| The point: Don't count on security flaw counting. The real flaw is 
| the counting.


How secure are Linux, Window and Mac OS?


2006 Operating System Vulnerability Summary


Linux vs. Windows: Which is Most Secure?


Linux Security: A Big Edge Over Windows


The problems with Vista laid bare - What might have been


Why Windows is less secure than Linux


Linux more secure than Windows, national survey shows


Microsoft Windows: Insecure by Design


If Only We Knew Then What We Know Now About Windows XP


Why Windows is a security nightmare.


The Structural Failures of Windows


More than half of Microsoft Vista needs re-writing 


Windows Fiji: Now second half of 2008?


Microsoft admits Vista screwed - report 

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| Vista SP1 is code named "Fiji", presumably after a pretty looking
| island which is paralysed by coups.
| In a statement regarding the service pack Microsoft admits that
| Vista has "high impact" problems.


Microsoft cuts Windows virtualization features


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| "Right now, Microsoft has nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. After all 
| the hype surrounding Vista, the Emperor has finally been revealed in all 
| his naked glory. Some folks have been predicting the demise of Microsoft. I
| wouldn't go that far, but I am wondering how we?re ever going to take
| Microsoft seriously again?"


A history of Microsoft Windows - the inside story exposed 

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| 2004: (...)
| THE MANAGEMENT: "What do you mean it still doesn't work? Try
| harder!"
| 2005: (...)
| "MAKE IT WORK! FOR GOD'S SAKE, MAKE IT WORK! Well, throw it away
| and use the server version then, that seems all right. Look, they
| won't know the difference, drop the database stuff, nobody remembers
| what we said in 1995 now! That was ten years ago! "Apple has what?
| 3D acceleration? So, we have DirectX. What, in the desktop? Really?
| What, even Stallman's beardie-weirdies have it? Oh hell. Right, you
| lot, make it look like this!"


MS Insider: The Office Crew Isn't Smart Enough to Supplant Real Windows


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