Antivirus vendor Trend Micro is claiming that open source software is inherently more secure than proprietary software such as Microsoft Windows.
Trend claimed that one reason open source software has fewer security issues is the variety of Linux distributions. Although they use the same kernel, if one distribution is compromised the same piece of malware may not work on a different distribution, the company said on Monday.
“Open source is more secure. Period,” Raimund Genes, chief technical officer for anti-malware at Trend, told ZDNet UK. “More people control the codebase, they can react immediately to vulnerabilties, and open source doesn’t have so much of a problem with legacy code because of the number of distributions.”