A new report from Microsoft bases the claim on the 36 vulnerabilities fixed in Windows Vista during its first year, compared to the 65 found in Windows XP, but analysts remain skeptical. Windows Vista gets high marks for security, from Microsoft at least.
"I think that it's fair to say that Windows Vista is proving to be the most secure version of the Windows to date," said Austin Wilson, director in Microsoft's Windows client group, in a blog post on Wednesday. "Our investments in the SDL [Security Development Lifecycle] and our defense in depth approach to building Windows Vista seem to be paying off."
Windows Vista also exhibited fewer vulnerabilities than other operating systems over a one year period, according to a report published by Jeff Jones, security strategy director in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group. The report claims that there were 36 vulnerabilities fixed in Windows Vista during its first year, compared to 65 in Windows XP, 360 in Red Hat RHEL4 reduced, 224 in Ubuntu 6.06 LTS reduced, and 116 in Mac OS X 10.4, also known as Tiger.
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