Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Apr 2006 22:08 UTC
Mac OS X Secunia said there are potential vulnerabilities in the Mac OS X operating system, first noticed by Tom Ferris. The firm described the holes as 'highly critical', meaning that systems could be compromised if crooks dive in. Secunia said the potential holes are in version 10.4.6, but other versions might be affected too.
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RE[2]: 131 advisories?
by kaiwai on Sun 23rd Apr 2006 05:52 UTC in reply to "RE: 131 advisories?"
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

Mac has the advantage of being based on Unix and all its proven track record whereas XP is written by a company who just wants to make more money and thats their bottomline.

Apple is concerned about making money; thats why they chose not to re-invent the wheel, use a proven concept, and build a great operating system off that; if the technology is out there in source form (Mach/BSD), then why the hell not use that, and lower the costs of development?

Microsoft on the other hand already had a UNIX licence; hell, they sold a UNIX of their own for several years - Xenix, which was based off the AT&T line of UNIX.

Microsoft chose, even with this great basis for a good operating system, to go out and re-invent the wheel, and create their own operating system - NT; the net result is that they isolated themselves from the rest of the technology world; whilst the UNIX companies were learning from security mistakes, improving scalibility, Microsoft was being the proverbial nigel no mate, off with its own marbles, refusing to work with any one.

Here we are now today with the world split into two camps; on one side you have the UNIX world, consisting of the commercial UNIX's and opensource implementations (BSD/Linux), and on the other side we have the Windows world; a half baked, compatibility riddled, security prone API (win32), running ontop of a NIH (Not Invented Here! - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_Invented_Here ) kernel which was developed as nothing more than a multimillion dollar 'screw you' to the UNIX world.

Fast foward to today, and with all the millions Microsoft have chucked at the problem, Windows NT still hasn't distablised the UNIX establishment; they may have forced the UNIX world to lower their prices for hardware and software, but at the same time, companies are still willing to spend a premium for the superior solution.

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RE[3]: 131 advisories?
by MikeekiM on Sun 23rd Apr 2006 12:54 in reply to "RE[2]: 131 advisories?"
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2005-11-16

So, tell them to bring back Xenix.

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