lammert - 4:40 pm on Aug 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
When Microsoft issues a security patch, potential hackers have to disassemble the binary code and try to find the hole that patch fixed. With Linux it is much easier. You just download the kernel source code versions from just before and after the patch release. A source code comparison will exactly tell you which problem was present in the kernel.
Everyone with basic programming knowledge can do that. We will probably see a massive attack on unpatched Linux systems in the coming period.