Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 25th Jun 2011 08:55 UTC, submitted by John
Mac OS X "Using a Mac may certainly be a safer choice for a lot of people as despite being vulnerable they are not targeted. However this is not the same as Macs being secure, something Eric Schmidt erroneously advised recently. I may be able to browse impervious to malware on a Mac at the moment, however I personally would not be comfortable using a platform so easily compromised if someone had the motivation to do so. In this article I address just why OS X is so insecure including the technical shortcomings of OS X as well as Apples policies as a company that contribute to the situation."
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Windows of then
by REM2000 on Sat 25th Jun 2011 10:53 UTC
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I wouldn't say there are two many parallels with Windows of then 99/2000 with Mac OSX of today. Yes the security features of NT were side stepped but mainly from Microsoft as well as other vendors (Microsoft Office required administrator rights and would go insane without them).

Windows by default during this era was open with everything installed, Windows 2003 was the first version to really tackle this even XPSP2 was not as great of a change only shutting down a few services and adding a basic firewall. Windows 2003 did start the improvement by starting the trend to lower the surface area, installing items only required. However this was a Server OS and end users didn't really see these changes until 2007 with Vista. However the most hideous security element has to be RPC on Windows, during the 2000's this caused a security nightmare with nearly a new virus every week exploiting various RPC's.

I know this may seem like missing the point, with the point being Mac OSX, however the article did focus and try to compare MacOSX to Windows 2000/XP early 2000's era.

Now as for MacOSX, there are some stupid design decisions.

Why have ALSR and not fully implement it as well as DEP. The security feature is there, it's incredibly half-arsed. Like fitting a great security lock to your front door and then leaving the door open.

Don't understand why Apple still has safari open what it deems to be Safe Files. People are not that stupid, they will find the file and if anything it makes it more confusing, i have seen plenty of mac users run apps still in their disk containers without moving/installing in the App's folder.

Inconsistent authorisation prompt. If your doing something out of the norm, the prompt for your password should come up. Sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't.

Im hoping that apple has learnt something from the recent security concerns and that they look at Chrome and implement the sand boxing they have, to separate the browser from the OS a bit, as most security issues now arrive through the browser with email being a close second.

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