Developers rate Windows as less secure than Linux

By Derek Sooman on April 13, 2005, 7:13 PM
Writing this website everyday, it seems like not one day goes by where we are not posting about a new vulnerability found in a Microsoft product such as Windows XP or Office. I don't believe for a minute that the people who are finding these vulnerabilities are not giving equal attention to other operating systems as well, so really the main reason we hear so much about Windows security problems is probably because it is less secure. (Mind you, at least we seem to be getting many more updates now.)

No surprises here that in a recent survey developers rated Linux as much more secure than Windows.

The company polled 6,344 software-development managers to better understand how they perceive security in a number of different areas. "We wanted to know what people thought needed to be done to clean up the operating systems and platforms on which they work," says Alan Zeichick, executive VP of BZ Media. The company, which publishes SD Times, targeted developers rather than network or system administrators.

Fifty-eight percent rated Windows as a 3 or 4, indicating it was insecure or very insecure, while just 13% of respondents awarded these ratings to Linux. Seventy-four percent rated Linux as a 1 or a 2, very secure or secure, while 38% awarded these higher ratings to Windows.

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nic said:
All these surveys are complete nonsence. They are simply opinions. The ONLY way to get an unbiased and accurate view of security is to examine and test the code for specific types of vulnerabilities and comparing the results. Counting the number of discovered vulnerabilities per month or asking users/developers what they think isn't going to give a true account of the situation. What IS certain is that over time these issues will become less and less of a problem because better knowledge and better ways of developing software will eventually make this a much smaller problem. This takes a LOT of time, so don't expect things to improve much anytime soon.
phantasm66 said:
And when the British public are asked for their opinion as to who should lead the nation politically on May 05, does that not matter? Just because its opinion? Of course not.I think that this sort of survey is NOT nonsense. Its asking for the thoughts of experienced IT people, and reporting on the general trends. True, this survey does not make Windows less secure, but it proves that Windows is perceived as less secure. And that's bad for Microsoft.
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