why windows is less secure than linux
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read the full zdnet story here:
:: Quote ::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. Both images are a complete map of the system calls that occur when a web server serves up a single page of html with a single picture. The same page and picture. 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.
Make sure to read the comment thread for more insight into the reality of the issue, it's not as cut and dry as the above makes it sound, but keep in mind that MS will tend to plant fud in these type of article responses as well.
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