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Linux and Windows security compared


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#1 harrywaldron

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 08:32 AM

This is a good article comparing the current state of security between these two operating system environments.

Linux and Windows security compared
http://os.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/05/18/1715247

Please see page 2 for a table that compares key security functions head-to-head. This article gives Linux an advantage overall. Still in my own experiences with both Linux and Windows operating system testing, it's more about HOW YOU IMPLEMENT security -- rather than whether one is superior overall in security. Either OS can be implemented in a secure or non-secure fashion.

Any OS needs the following for the best levels of security:

1. PLAN your security environment and controls before you install
2. Patch, Patch, Patch (keep it updated)
3. Firewall and AV controls
4. Avoid highly privileged user accounts where possible , (e.g., Admin/Root)
5. Turn off unneeded services and privileges
6. Stay informed and take counteraction measures on any evolving threat.
7. Test your OS controls continuously in the corporate environment (using free security tools from Microsoft and other vendors)

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Posted 06 June 2004 - 11:32 PM

Still in my own experiences with both Linux and Windows operating system testing, it's more about HOW YOU IMPLEMENT security -- rather than whether one is superior overall in security. Either OS can be implemented in a secure or non-secure fashion.

I absolutely agree with "How you implement security",but straight out of the box,fresh install of Linux vs. Windows XP ... Windows loses. You have to add a firewall,you have to add antivirus,you have to add spyware removing programs. The simple fact is the Linux community contributes to the OS being secure,whereas the MS crowd contributes to virii,spyware,trojan horse programs and other nastiness.Let us not forget lsass and DCOM. So which one is superior in "overall" security.....

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