Linux security: tips from the experts

Friday, 31 October 2003, 1:06 PM EST

Is Linux more secure than Windows, or vice versa? Fueled by conflicting industry reports, this controversy keeps raging. To arrive at a well-informed opinion on the subject, you need to know as much as you can about what kinds of security measures are actually available for Linux. Moreover, if you're administering Linux already, some implementation tips from Linux security pros can undoubtedly come in handy.

"It's hard to talk about 'Linux' as an operating system, since there are so many different variations. A number of different OSes — such as FreeBSD, VMS, mainframe OSes like VM or VSE, or other proprietary OSes — may lay claim to the title of 'most secure OS,'" observes Pete Lindstrom, CISSP, research director for Spire Security, LLC.

"The truth is that we don't, as a community, attempt to figure out which OS is most secure. We rely on an 'unpopularity' contest to figure that out. Popularity is a fickle thing, though. Right now, Linux has some momentum in security over Microsoft's OS family, but that can change quickly."

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

Intentional backdoors in iOS devices uncovered

Posted on 22 July 2014.  |  A researcher has revealed that Apple has equipped its mobile iOS with several undocumented features that can be used by attackers and law enforcement to access the sensitive data contained on the devices running it.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Wed, Jul 23rd
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //