physics - 6:58 pm on Feb 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
Wow, a bug that's older than many users of Windows.
Windows is not insecure just because it's the most popular OS. All OS's are not created equal. Just like all cars are not created equal and you wouldn't expect a pinto to be as safe as a Volvo.
It's insecure because it was fundamentally never designed to be a 'network' OS - it was designed as a desktop OS. Compare this to Linux and, yes Mac OS X which were always designed with security and networking in mind. And clearly there's been no push to re-work the kernel of Windows to be more secure. And this is not impossible - Apple did it when they completely reworked their OS to be based on FreeBSD (an open source UNIX variant [apple.com...] [apple.com...] ).
This DOS bug is a perfect example of how a closed-source desktop-centric OS like Windows/DOS is bound to be less secure than an open-source network-focused OS like Linux or Mac OS X. Do you really think a security hole would stick around this long in an open source OS?