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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RE[6]: Just another article
by jack_perry on Sun 26th Jun 2011 20:43 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Just another article"
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Okay, it might not be that much of a hassle (though I'm not convinced). None of this addresses the main point of my argument.

We're talking about trojans, right? somehow a user is convinced to install a trojan, perhaps because (s)he's visiting the seedier side of the web. (Torrents, of course. What'd you think I meant?)

Now, the trojan is called "MacDefender" and promises to defend you against viruses both old and yet unwritten (through new, amazing technology developed by researchers so recently that the mainstream OS makers haven't yet implemented it). But, to do that, it needs access to all your files -- your Documents directory, say.

Of course, it could ask for more, but I'm working under the desired outcome, which is to access only the Documents directory. I don't see how any OS defends against this, and Neolander's proposed solution won't do it. Remember that part of the hypothesis is that we're dealing with a user dumb enough to install a virus program from a seedy web site in the first place!

So, how do non-Mac OS's defend against this? I'm still waiting for a solution, not for a defense of how a non-solution isn't that inconvenient.

Edited 2011-06-26 20:44 UTC

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