Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Oct 2006 20:59 UTC
Mac OS X "Apple computers have long been prized for being relatively virus-free. But as more people use Apple products, experts say the company is increasingly becoming a target for cyber pranksters and criminals writing viruses and other forms of malware. Oliver Friedrichs, director of security response at Symantec, a leading anti-virus software vendor, said 72 vulnerabilities were discovered in the Mac's OS X operating system in 2006, up from 19 in 2004." Please consider the source, though.
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RE: This is like
by bytecoder on Tue 24th Oct 2006 21:50 UTC in reply to "This is like"
bytecoder
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2005-11-27

The problem is, unix security is still relatively crude. You can still tank the system if somebody finds a system vulnerability, and app-level viruses can still screw over the user in the biggest area that counts--his files.

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RE[2]: This is like
by Soulbender on Wed 25th Oct 2006 08:22 in reply to "RE: This is like"
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2005-08-18

"you can still tank the system if somebody finds a system vulnerability"

Good thing this isn't an issue with every other OS.

"app-level viruses can still screw over the user in the biggest area that counts--his files."
Good thing this isn't an issue with every other OS.
In fact, it's a problem that cant be solved at the OS level since the user needs to be able to work with his/her own files.

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RE[3]: This is like
by bytecoder on Wed 25th Oct 2006 12:49 in reply to "RE[2]: This is like"
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2005-11-27

Good thing this isn't an issue with every other OS.

I find it highly improbable that there's a production OS out there that doesn't have exploitable bugs in it.


Good thing this isn't an issue with every other OS.
In fact, it's a problem that cant be solved at the OS level since the user needs to be able to work with his/her own files.

No. Why would word need to modify all my files when I'm only editing X?

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