Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 22:51 UTC
Mac OS X "Apple has now released Mac OS X 10.6.8, the eighth maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update. The update offers a number of fixes implemented since the release of Mac OS X 10.6.7 in late March."
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MOS6510
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2011-05-12

You can keep on using your Mac, even without (security) updates.

There aren't many attacks on OS X, let alone on a minority of Mac owners using an OS version and architecture that will be pretty rare.

Just my theory of course. But I do wonder if you put a Windows NT 3.51 server on-line (for example), will it get hacked by scripts scanning the net for vulnerable systems?

It's not a likely target you'd come across, nor would you expect it to have any important data/services on it.

So I doubt any hackers or script kiddies would look for those.

I still have a G3 iMac somewhere running Panther (OS X 10.3) and I use it as a SSH terminal, some light surfing, mail and chat.

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malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

You can keep on using your Mac, even without (security) updates.
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I still have a G3 iMac somewhere running Panther (OS X 10.3) and I use it as a SSH terminal, some light surfing, mail and chat.


I think a lot depends on the applications. OS X has always had a good firewall and doesn't expose ports willy-nilly. If it's a well firewalled client connecting to SSH or well known mail/chat servers, the risk isn't very high. Browsing the web (or rendering HTML mail) on Safari 1.2 or FireFox 2 is probably much more risky, since the security holes tend to be cumulative and (for FireFox) frequently cross-platform.

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