Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Some More Google Stuff

Computer World reported yesterday that Microsoft IIS web servers were more prone to hosting malicious code. The results were in a blog posting by Nagendra Modadugu of Google's Anti-Malware Team.

But if you take a closer look at his results, Apache also hosts its share of malware. It would be more accurate to say the results are dependent on geography, meaning where the server is located. In Russia and Germany, Apache was a bigger culprit, while in Asia IIS was the bad guy.

Modadugu speculated that the culprit in Asia was pirated software -- bootleg IIS copies that weren't patched and that, of course, couldn't use Microsoft's automatic update feature to stay clean.

In another unrelated report, a flaw was found in Google Desktop similar to the Firefox exploit uncovered a day earlier.


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