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Open source experts have hit back at a study published by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) that said more vulnerabilities were found in Linux/Unix than in Windows in 2005, labelling the report misleading and confusing.
The report - Cyber Security Bulletin 2005 - was published last week and claimed that out of 5,198 reported vulnerabilities, 812 were found in Windows operating system, 2,328 were found in Unix/Linux systems. The rest were declared to be multiple operating system vulnerabilities.
The report has attracted criticism from the open source community. Linux vendor Red Hat said the vulnerabilities had been miscategorised, and so could not be used to compare the relative security of Windows and Linux/Unix platforms.
"The study is confusing and misleading. When you look at the list, the vulnerabilities are miscategorised," Mark Cox, consulting software engineer at Red Hat, told ZDNet UK.