Honeypot Project: Unpatched Linux Systems Last Longer than Windows

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-01-19 Print this article Print

Honeypot Project tests find that unpatched Linux systems can last for months on the Internet without being compromised while Windows systems last as little as minutes.

The Honeypot Project has added fuel to the debate over which is more secure—Linux or Windows—with findings that unpatched Linux systems can be on the Internet for months before being successfully attacked while Windows systems have been compromised in as little as hours.

The international non-profit security organization—with members from security companies like Foundstone Inc., Counterpane Internet Security Inc. and SecurityFocus