Linux has its own security holes

Monday, 3 May 2004, 2:17 PM EST

There may be fewer viruses designed to attack the Linux operating system, but experts warn that Linux is no more bulletproof than any other system. Agencies that adopt Linux should be aware of its vulnerabilities, according to Travis Witteveen, executive vice president, Americas, for security firm F-Secure Corp.

"Computing systems are very similar, whether they're called Linux, [Microsoft Corp.'s] Windows, Unix, [Apple Computer Inc.'s] MacIntosh or even [Microsoft's] PocketPC," he said. "Security from the high perspective isn't very different. People for some reason had had this false sense that [Linux] is different. It isn't different at all."

By Michael Hardy at FCW.

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