Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Mar 2009 13:51 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Privacy, Security, Encryption Fresh from winning the PWN2OWN contest yesterday, Charlie Miller has been interviewed by ZDNet. He talks about how Mac OS X is a very simple operating system to exploit due to the lack of any form of anti-exploit features. He also explains that the underlying operating system is much more important in creating a successful exploit than the bowser, why Chrome is so hard to hack, and many other things.
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RE[5]: Eye Opener
by vaette on Sun 22nd Mar 2009 13:23 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Eye Opener"
vaette
Member since:
2008-08-09

A bit late but still; The reality of the matter is that Mac is by far safer than Windows though, and I think it doesn't hurt to take that away from this. Not that one should feel overly safe certainly, but there are some rewards in a more heterogenuous technology landscape that should not be ignored.

Certainly no Mac user should feel the need to switch away from their platform on the count of security, it is not really thanks to Apple (except in that they failed to command a very large portion of the market) but it is still a pretty safe place to be.

I am also for that very reason a bit vary of the suggestion to use Firefox actually, since I would prefer that Safari/webkit grabbed a bit more marketshare to even things out. Firefox is becoming a big target, with both the downsides of pages catering to IE/Firefox and the obvious cracker attention.

But I wont say that you are *incorrect* in your suggestions, just that some notes on the realities of the dangers may be missing ;)

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RE[6]: Eye Opener
by soonerproud on Sun 22nd Mar 2009 15:37 in reply to "RE[5]: Eye Opener"
soonerproud Member since:
2008-03-05

NoScript should mitigate most of the security issues with Firefox, when used properly and is easier to use than blacklisting sites and adding exceptions in Safari. I wouldn't use either browser with out more fine grained control of scripting on OSX.

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