Nils Magnus (of LinuxTag) on Security and aKademy
"As soon as a vulnerability is known, the reaction time is in the range of a few hours for open source software. For proprietary software it often takes 30 days or more; manufacturers call this a short response period. Finally, due to its architecture, Linux is free of one plague: There are no Linux viruses! Sophos, the anti virus manufacturer, lists just two linux viruses, but these have only been of academic interest and are rare 'in the wild'. After all, the well-engineered system design is based on the experiences of 35 years of UNIX development."
(Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 9, 2004 )
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