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#1 xdot.tk

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 19:00

The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report shows that Windows Vista and Windows 7 were more likely to be infected by malware than the constantly berated Windows XP. Not really surprised that Neowin isn't covering it though while others are

 

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR)

PDFs: SIR Key Findings SIR Volume 16 (FULL)

 

Yes, I know it's a quirk but still an interesting finding.  :woot:




#2 LimeMaster

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 19:06

And Windows 95 has a lower infection rate than Windows XP. It's because malware writers are moving to the supported OSes. :p



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 20:25

Higher usage therefore higher infections (because of active usage, not targeting by malware).



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 20:28

Not surprising. You go where the users are. Also, targeting 7 means your exploit will most likely work on XP too. Doesn't happen the other way around all that often.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 20:30

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 20:37

That's pretty much spot on.. more users, more malware, zero rhetoric.  Applies to any platform.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 20:38

Please read the report or the news stories associated with it before making uninformed claims.  :rolleyes: 

Usage was taken into account.

 

 

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 20:52

Except according to that article, this past quarter was an outlier. The Q3 numbers represent average, in which the infection rate of XP is almost twice that of Windows 7



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 20:53

^ As I already said in my OP.

Yes, I know it's a quirk but still an interesting finding.   :woot:



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 20:58

There's also a few articles online explaining why the numbers are as they are.  Namely it's all due to one particular piece of malware, delivery mechanism, etc.  Easily found online.  Has nothing to do with the underlying OS itself.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 21:04

And Windows 95 has a lower infection rate than Windows XP. It's because malware writers are moving to the supported OSes. :p

 

Pretty much sums it up.  Every year malware has increased by a large percent and the market share is larger than ever.  Besides what can MS do when it says "Do you want to do this?" and people say yes to pretty much everything without much thought.



#12 OP xdot.tk

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 21:06

There's also a few articles online explaining why the numbers are as they are.  Namely it's all due to one particular piece of malware, delivery mechanism, etc.  Easily found online.  Has nothing to do with the underlying OS itself.

^I know.

I'm in no way claiming that XP is safer than NT6. Just that it's an interesting story. If it painted XP in a bad light, you can be assured that Neowin would be all over it. ;)

 

I know how things work around here. My signature was taken away because it had a cross out symbol over a Windows 7 logo. You have to tow the company line (NT6!) around here or you get in trouble.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 21:18

^I know.

I'm in no way claiming that XP is safer than NT6. Just that it's an interesting story. If it painted XP in a bad light, you can be assured that Neowin would be all over it. ;)

 

I know how things work around here. My signature was taken away because it had a cross out symbol over a Windows 7 logo. You have to tow the company line (NT6!) around here or you get in trouble.

 

We only ever see what we want to see, if it painted in XP in a bad light you would have ignored it.



#14 Ian W

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 21:38

The reports do not change the fact that Windows Vista and onward are inherently more secure than Windows XP. Features such as User Account Control, the Windows Integrity Mechanism, Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection, and Address Space Layout Randomization are simply not available for the older platform, and the list goes on.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 21:48

^ I said that.

I'm in no way claiming that XP is safer than NT6. 

 

 

^^

We only ever see what we want to see, if it painted in XP in a bad light you would have ignored it.

You think? I pretty much read all Windows stories.

I recently complained about the lack of them or more accurately, the shift in coverage towards hand held devices.


Edited by xdot.tk, 12 May 2014 - 21:53.