What are the main differences between Linux and Windows (and Unix), in terms of security?
Security in Windows 2000/XP/2003 is in many ways similar to UNIX; it also has many important differences. Some of them are:
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- file security is a bit more granular in Windows than in most popular UNIX variants,
- Windows security is configured through binary registry while UNIX uses text configuration files in /etc/ (which makes UNIX security configuration much more transparent),
- kernel security model is different,
- network service security is different, etc.
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