Independent security analysis of operating systems/applications

Philippe Laquet stom at
Tue Oct 30 01:46:07 PDT 2007

They are not so wrong... ;)

As a first information source, you can have a look on Secunia.Com - which
provides useful information based on CVE for various operating systems,
appliances or network devices.

Some other respectable sources bases of that kind exists, like the CERT
itself but Secunia is a good start and provides more easy to use statistics
and graphs (IMHO)

NB. You have to filter some of these stats by restricting the alerts to only
the software packages you use! You can so forget the XXX alerts about
OpenOffice if you are using a minimal system.

Hope his will help!

Kind Regards,

Philippe Laquet.

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : owner-freebsd-advocacy at [mailto:owner-freebsd-
> advocacy at] De la part de Doug Poland
> Envoyé : lundi 29 octobre 2007 15:14
> À : freebsd-advocacy at
> Objet : Independent security analysis of operating systems/applications
> Hello,
> Recently some friends of mine have started to cite "studies" that
> assert Unix/Linux operating systems are now the most frequently
> attacked platforms.  My friends are not without bias, they work for a
> training firm that almost exclusively sells training for
> Microsoft-based platforms/applications.
> Now my friends cannot cite the actual studies, and I am highly
> skeptical of their claims.  After about an hour of goggling, I could
> find nothing on the web to support such claims.  However, my friends
> are not liars, and I believe they have information from "somewhere".
> Is anyone aware of the existence of studies of this nature?  I would
> like to examine these data in an attempt to uncover bias or other
> obfuscation that may be present.  Conversely, if someone has pointers
> to independent security analysis of Operating Systems/Applications
> that does not clearly advocate one platform over the other, I'd like
> to know about that as well.
> --
> Regards,
> Doug
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