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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Linux/Unix/Apple Vulnerabilities Outnumber Microsoft Windows' 3 To 1

Although it's been a spooky week for Microsoft's latest exploit discovery...Tallies kept by the U.S. government's computer security group show that Linux and Unix operating systems faced nearly three times the number of vulnerabilities in 2005 than did Microsoft's often-maligned Windows. In the US-CERT (United Stated Computer Emergency Readiness Team) year-end vulnerability summary, Linux/Unix accounted for a whopping 2,328 vulnerabilities, about 45 percent of the 5,198 total. Windows, on the other hand, sported just 812 vulnerabilities during the year, said US-CERT, or 16 percent of the total. Another 2,058 vulnerabilities affected more than one operating system.

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