Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Apr 2012 23:26 UTC
Mac OS X We don't normally report on security issues, especially not when they occur on Mac OS X. So far, the security issues on the Mac can barely be labelled as such, and really don't deserve a lot of attention. Now, however, it would appear we're looking at the first successful widespread malware infection on Mac OS X. Not a bad track record for an eleven year old operating system, by the way.
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RE: My thoughts...
by unoengborg on Sun 8th Apr 2012 22:52 UTC in reply to "My thoughts..."
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But this particular case is because of Java, which is a security crapfest in itself, even more so since Apple rolls their own.


I'm not sure why java should be the root of the problem. Sure, java like any software sometimes containes bugs that might be malignant, but unlike most other software Java is designed to keep close control over what java code is allowed to do. So running java is not worse than running any other program.

The real root of the problem here is not java, but that people download unknown software over the net, in combination with insecure operating systems that forbids certain things that can be dangerous, instead of allowing things that are not dangerous (making anything not explicitly allowed forbidden).

It doesn't matter if it is java, flash, or even your webbrowser that does it, this behaviour will always be associated with a risc, even though I agree with you that Apple rolling their own version of java is a bad thing as fewer people will test it, and bugs fixed by Oracle doesn't directly end up in the Apple version.

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