A new study funded by Microsoft Corp. suggests some web servers running on Windows are more secure than those employing the leading Linux-based solution. Microsoft says the results refute the commonly held belief that Linux offers a more secure environment for web servers.

But Linux supporters argue the study is limited in scope and does not accurately distinguish between "critical" security threats and less serious ones. They also note that Microsoft has a financial stake in curtailing the open-source Linux movement.

Conducted by Security Innovation Inc., the study compares the

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