21 August 2007 | 5,684 views

Vista Security Claims Debunked – Figures Skewed

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Ah more news about the insecurity of Vista and something we are all pretty aware of…the skewing of figures by Microsoft.

Microsoft apparently still hasn’t learned that counting vulnerabilities doesn’t establish some kind of ‘security level’.

You can read the report here:

Vista 6 Month Vuln Report [PDF]

The Microsoft “researcher” claims that Windows Vista is exponentially less vulnerable than many Linux distributions and Mac OS X. It may be true that the default Vista installation has had less public vulnerability reports, and that Linux has had many more, but this is due to the nature of Open Source. Jeff does not include any “silently fixed” vulnerabilities that have been patched since Vista was released and Microsoft has not disclosed such vulnerabilities publicly.

The methodology used was deeply flawed, as I briefly mentioned before, bugs in Firefox and other software like emacs count as a flaw for Linux whilst IE bugs get ignored for Vista.

The conclusions that are drawn are built on a lack of understanding by the Microsoft researcher. I highly encourage him to go back and take another look, and pare down the results to essential information that is absolutely critical to the conclusions, rather than just “Other OS’s have more bugs, see, look at my graphs”…

Good PR, but bad research? Seems par for the course.

And perhaps it could backfire PR wise, as the clued in people get pushed further away from Vista.

Source: Full Disclosure



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6 Responses to “Vista Security Claims Debunked – Figures Skewed”

  1. Nobody_Holme 21 August 2007 at 12:09 pm Permalink
  2. TheRealDonQuixote 21 August 2007 at 9:16 pm Permalink

    Man I hate Microsoft. If thier OS’s weren’t so easy to hack, and the mere fact that so many people use them, I’d never bother with it at all.

  3. Mitchel Ashley 22 August 2007 at 12:14 am Permalink

    It has been our experience and the experience of our SAT team here are Stillsecure that Vista is the most secure OS ever made.

    Combine that with some security tools like SafeAccess and you have a nearly inpenatrable computing fortress.

  4. Michael Ajitsingh 26 August 2007 at 5:28 am Permalink

    Those who use MS Windows are the same people who’d walk down Baghdad with a sign on their back saying “Hi, I’m an American.”

  5. Daniel 30 August 2007 at 3:29 am Permalink

    hmmm oh well. security is still totally Dependant on the user.

  6. Sandeep Nain 31 August 2007 at 2:09 am Permalink

    Well how about telling micro$oft that we agree with whatever microsoft says… I hope this will stop them from bugging us with their fake reports..