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Windows vs Linux Server
Author(s):
(unknown)
Institution:
Sana Security
Year:
2006
URL:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/threatchaos/?p=311
Project Description:
On April 14th, 2006, Richard Stiennon wrote an article in ZDNet entitled Why Windows is less secure than Linux. Stiennon starts by saying: "Many millions of words have been written and said on this topic. I have a couple of pictures. The basic argument goes like this. In its long evolution, Windows has grown so complicated that it is harder to secure. Well these images make the point very well".

In his post, Stiennon explains that both images (shown here) represent a map of system calls that occur when a web server serves a single HTML page with a picture. The same page and picture have been used on both servers for the purpose of testing. Richard further explains: "A system call is an opportunity to address memory. A hacker investigates each memory access to see if it is vulnerable to a buffer overflow attack. The developer must do QA on each of these entry points. The more system calls, the greater potential for vulnerability, the more effort needed to create secure applications".

The resulting images were generated by Sana Security. The first image is of the system calls that occur on a Linux server running Apache; while the second is of a Windows Server running IIS. The images speak for themselves.

Comments (8):
There is the best comparison - http://claimyourvista.com/article_4

Posted by rGizmo on Apr 27, 2007 at 7:09 PM (GMT)

rGizmo, the suggested link can hardly be considered the best comparison... It's extremely biased and inaccurate. The IE vs Firefox comparison is hilarious. What a service of misinformation.

Posted by Manuel Lima on Apr 28, 2007 at 11:51 AM (GMT)

re: claimyourvista.com What a Joke! Looks the whole site was done by 5th graders who believe anything their told. Uncle Bill must have paid them in lolly pops for putting up this site.

Posted by royce knight on May 10, 2007 at 7:40 PM (GMT)

An interesting article on this topic:

http://tinyurl.com/yvf6gd

Posted by Manuel Lima on Jun 13, 2007 at 5:25 PM (GMT)

If Katie Holmes a 'Most Influential' Celeb than "Victor Matell" is the Anti Christ

Posted by matell on Jul 4, 2007 at 5:56 AM (GMT)

@claimyourvista.com: I think that's satire, honestly. If it isn't.. jesus. @images: I'd like some proof other than a box with lines, maybe some words? That's all I got

Posted by Comrade Smack on Aug 28, 2007 at 7:26 PM (GMT)

Beware people, the link provided by Mr. Gates (rGizmo) contains hoaxes. Just add it to your squid ACL.

Posted by dorky dork on Feb 17, 2008 at 2:55 PM (GMT)

I have a suspicion that claimyourvista.com is a joke site.

Posted by IllegalCharacter on Apr 10, 2008 at 4:32 PM (GMT)

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