Microsoft befriending Linux in cybersecurity circles

Traditionally, Microsoft and Linux haven’t been known to be the best of friends. However, in cybersecurity circles, the trend seems to be shifting.

For one thing, Microsoft is rolling out Linux distributions. Now, Microsoft has asked to join the restricted security list that includes the likes of:

– FreeBSD

– Suse

– Canonical

– Red Hat

– Debian

– NetBSD

– Oracle


The main objective of the list is to discuss and report cybersecurity bugs that aren’t known to the public yet (but are on the verge of becoming so). Everyone who joins is asked to follow the rule of keeping them private for 14 days after being informed about them. Apart from that, publicly-known issues are not the topic of discussion there.

Microsoft has asked to join the list, because the company can, in fact, be considered a Linux distributor. To prove the point, here are some of the distro-like builds the company provides:

– Microsoft Azure Sphere. A platform for IoT devices.

– Windows Subsystem for Linux v2. This is a Linux-based distro that runs on Windows hosts.

– Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service and Microsoft Azure HDInsight both provide public access to what can be considered a Linux distribution.

Sasha Levin, a Microsoft Linux kernel developer, stated that becoming the members of this email list will give them additional time for extensive testing. On their cloud, people are using Linux more than they are using Windows.

While some still see these two as enemies, Windows seems to be slowly embracing the role of a Linux development partner.