Apple has been getting worse at dealing with security vulnerabilities while Microsoft has been getting better, according to a research paper published by Swiss security researchers.

In "0-Day Patch Exposing Vendors (In)security Performance," presented last week at the Black Hat conference in Amsterdam, Stefan Frei, Bernhard Tellenbach, and Bernhard Plattner of the Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology analyzed Apple's and Microsoft's security practices over the past six years and found that Microsoft has been getting better at responding to security issues while Apple has been getting worse.

During the period studied, between 2002 and 2007, Microsoft had 658 high- and medium-risk vulnerabilities, compared with 738 for Apple, the paper says.

Information Week - Thomas Claburn March 31, 2008

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