Symantec’s 11th Internet Security Threat Report has found that when it comes to widely-used operating systems, Microsoft is doing better overall than its leading commercial competitors. The report covered a huge range of security and vulnerability issues over the last six months of 2006, including operating systems and found that Microsoft Windows had the fewest number of patches and the shortest average patch development time of the five operating systems it monitored in the last six months of 2006. On average Microsoft took an average of 21 days to fix vulnerabilities. Red Hat came in second requiring an average of 58 days.

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  1. Vivek says:

    Well here is the break down of the vulnerabilities

    Windows – 39, 12 severe, average 21 day fix

    Mac – 49, 1 severe, average 66 day fix

    Red Hat – 208, 2 severe, average 58 day fix

    Notice that Windows had 12 severe holes. Do you still think MS did better? You be the judge 🙂