10x less bugs in Vista than Mac OS X

Posted on Thursday, Dec 20 2007 @ 00:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
ZD Net takes a look at how many bugs were found in Windows and Mac OS X this year. The results are pretty interesting, Windows XP had an average of 2.83 bugs per month, Vista 1.67 bugs per month and Mac OS X 20.25 bugs per month.
I used vulnerability statistics from an impartial third party vendor Secunia and I broke them down by Windows XP flaws, Vista flaws, and Mac OS X flaws. Since Secunia doesn’t offer individual numbers for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.4, I merged the XP and Vista vulnerabilities so that we can compare Vista + XP flaws to Mac OS X. In case you’re wondering how 19 plus 12 could equal 23, this is because there are many overlapping flaws that is shared between XP and Vista so those don’t get counted twice just as I don’t count something that affects Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 twice.

Windows XP, Vista, and Mac OS X vulnerability stats for 2007
  XP Vista XP + Vista Mac OS X
Total extremely critical 3 1 4 0
Total highly critical 19 12 23 234
Total moderately critical 2 1 3 2
Total less critical 3 1 4 7
Total flaws 34 20 44 243
Average flaws per month 2.83 1.67 3.67 20.25

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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Re: 10x less bugs in Vista than Mac OS X
by dc740 on Thursday, Dec 20 2007 @ 01:43 CET
So those numbers means:

a) Mac OS has a lot of bugs...

b) Mac OS has a better security team than microsoft. and they really find the posible flaws before they cause any damage... Microsoft on the other hand is not good enough on security...

the answer is up to each user

Re: 10x less bugs in Vista than Mac OS X
by Anonymous on Thursday, Dec 20 2007 @ 03:52 CET
wow; all the Apple fanboys will get uber-defensive when they see this! :o)