Linux unsafe in any network, analyst firm proclaims

Technology analyst firm the Aberdeen Group recently issued a scathing report on the state of Linux security, calling Linux and open source software "the poster child for security glitches" in 2002.

Aberdeen analysts say that over the last 10 months, 16 of the last 29 software security advisories published by the Computer Emergency Response Team/Coordination Center (CERT/CC), based out of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, were related to Linux and open source software products.

Further, virus and Trojan horse advisories affecting Linux- and Unix-based systems rose from one to two between 2001 and 2002, while such reports affecting Microsoft products fell from six in 2002 to zero this year.

Aberdeen says these findings dispel what it calls a "myth" among analysts, the press and IT customers that Linux and open source software is inherently more secure than Microsoft products or other proprietary software systems.

Another recent report from London's mi2g also showed that Linux vulnerabilities were on the rise. However, its findings showed that Microsoft was still had the most reported security glitches so far in 2002.