Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Oct 2006 19:29 UTC
Mac OS X Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that Apple did not need NeXT, the company that provided the foundation for Mac OS X; he argues that System 7 wasn't nearly as bad as it was made out to be. Wozniak also says that Mac OS 9 was more secure than OS X is now: Mac OS X is built in Unix and is therefore more prone to attacks because people are familiar with the holes in Unix, explained Woznaik. "Some of the holes in Unix are well known. So keeping Firewalls on is more important. And we keep announcing, even our own security fixes, not as many as Microsoft but still we never really had those in the OS 9 days."
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RE: Holes of a different colour.
by jessta on Wed 25th Oct 2006 22:12 UTC in reply to "Holes of a different colour."
jessta
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2005-08-17

sure, obscurity works agains script kiddies doing wide spread generic attacks to make botnets.
But those sort of attacks aren't the one people should be worried about. They are easy to prevent on any OS.

Obscurity is pointless when a direct attack is made on you company by someone(competitor, theif, etc.) to steal your data or spy on you. The attack would have researched you company and know that you were running OS 9.
They would get a copy of OS 9 and do some random attacks on it's network services to attempt to uncover bugs, and surely there would be many because being obscure also means having less resources to search for bugs.

Or, the attacker might just send you an email with a malicious program attached that expoilts the lack of memory protection in OS 9 and gain complete control of your system.

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