Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 1st May 2007 00:35 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Dino Dai Zovi, the New York-based security researcher who took home USD b10000 in a highly-publicized MacBook Pro hijack on April 20, has been at the center of a week's worth of controversy about the security of Apple's operating system. In an e-mail interview with Computerworld, Dai Zovi talked about how finding vulnerabilities is like fishing, the chances that someone else will stumble on the still-unpatched bug, and what operating system - Windows Vista or Mac OS X - is the sturdiest when it comes to security.
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Market share has little to do with it.
by atcurtis on Tue 1st May 2007 15:04 UTC
atcurtis
Member since:
2007-04-03

Despite Macs having a much smaller user base of about 3%, there is actually much greater potential for sustained 'profit' if a malware author was able to successfully exploit the platform.

Imagine, millions of Macs, networked together via ".Mac" and iChat, all running without any anti-virus or anti-malware protection, only relying on the once-a-week or once-a-month security update from Apple (yeah I know the users can set it to daily but I doubt if even 1% of Mac users change it to that).

Meanwhile, almost all of the Windows users have some form of anti-malware and anti-virus application always running, almost all of them perform daily updates.

I would reckon that there would be much more to gain from writing malware for Macs purely because the population of Mac owners are so much more unprepared for it. Also, it can be argued that many Mac owners are that much more affluent than the Windows users (hence the arrogance) so that there is significantly more money to phish if malware was successful.

By the way, the author of the article completely failed to mention that his hack against the Mac is also possible against Windows machines as the vulnerability exists on both platforms - in the Quicktime plugin.

I call it a draw.

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SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

Well that just dont hold any real ground what so ever, No one has ANY proof that one a said OS gets more market share it gets attacked more.

Linux gets attack regardless OS X gets regardless and if OS X is as bad as people claim why no virus's yet, if it's really that unsecure. I would't call 20 million plus users not many and it WOULD get news.

You see now that Windows is sort of ontop(much better than it was preSP2) of theses issues people start throwing the FUD at other OS's even though they have a totally different design.

Again Vista has been out 4 months, it's just yet another FUD artical promoting Vista as the most secure OS ever made.

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Again Vista has been out 4 months, it's just yet another FUD artical promoting Vista as the most secure OS ever made.


Not to nitpick, but technically it's not FUD if it promotes something and puts it in a positive light (though you could say that the implications that OS X is less secure, in themselves, are FUD...)

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