Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 21:42 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption It's the time of year again, folks. "The year 2007 has been an interesting year that brought us improved security with Windows Vista and Mac OS X Leopard (10.5). But to get some perspective of how many publicly known holes found in these two operating systems, I've compiled all the security flaws in Mac OS X and Windows XP and Vista and placed them side by side. This is significant because it shows a trend that can give us a good estimate for how many flaws we can expect to find in the coming months." Do with it as you please.
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the numbers don't add up.
by eMPee584 on Fri 21st Dec 2007 09:36 UTC
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You can't compare the numbers.. I had a look at the details of some of the bugs, and while Apple classifies bugs like "allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information via a crafted web page" and similar glitches as critical, the MS ones usually ARE critical, and even deserve a higher ranking ("Stack-based buffer overflow in the Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) service in Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4, Windows 2000 Professional SP4, and Windows XP SP2 allows attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long string in an opnum 0x06 RPC call to port 2103. NOTE: this is remotely exploitable on Windows 2000 Server.")
So you can't compare the numbers one to one and say Apple has bigger security problems.. they might just have more of the high-level stuff gone wrong, while MS has the low-level backdoors scattered over all their binaries.. remotely exploitable.. am I happy I don't use that sh1t no more.

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