Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Mar 2011 00:28 UTC
Mac OS X It's sad to see that even after all these years, we still have to write articles like this one. It's all over the web right now: a new backdoor Mac OS X trojan discovered! Code execution! Indicative of rise in Mac malware! Until, of course, you actually take a look at what's going on, and see that not only is it not in the wild, it can't really do anything because it's a beta.
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RE[2]: Maybe I'm crazy...
by Alfman on Wed 2nd Mar 2011 02:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Maybe I'm crazy..."
Alfman
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2011-01-28

"there is nothing you can do as so far as 'security' and 'linkbait' unless one were to go to the logical extreme and lock down the whole system with the only avenue of purchase being through some sort of 'AppStore'."


I hope I am misunderstanding you, because the app stores of the "walled garden" variety are not about security so much as they are about control.

Even devices in walled gardens can have vulnerabilities exploitable through the app store or directly. The iphone rootkit (which is generally used intentionally by end users to break apple's chain of control) is technically proof of a vulnerability in the device.

While it represents a win for end users due to the freedom it gives them, it represents a failure by apple to protect it's platform. It's just so contorted that we live in a world where we have to break into our own devices.



"I would sooner give up some security if it means I have more liberty in the process - freedom is never neat and tidy..."

Thankfully we agree, but I don't think security implies lack of freedom in the first place. However, security just happens to be an excellent excuse for vendors to take freedoms away from the ignorant, and by extension (through market pressure) the rest of us too.

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