Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 25th Jun 2011 08:55 UTC, submitted by John
Mac OS X "Using a Mac may certainly be a safer choice for a lot of people as despite being vulnerable they are not targeted. However this is not the same as Macs being secure, something Eric Schmidt erroneously advised recently. I may be able to browse impervious to malware on a Mac at the moment, however I personally would not be comfortable using a platform so easily compromised if someone had the motivation to do so. In this article I address just why OS X is so insecure including the technical shortcomings of OS X as well as Apples policies as a company that contribute to the situation."
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At least safer than
by AdamC on Sat 25th Jun 2011 18:31 UTC
AdamC
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2009-07-25

At least safer than windows...

Btw name 1 virus or worm for Mac OSX.

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RE: At least safer than
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 25th Jun 2011 18:47 in reply to "At least safer than "
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

At least safer than windows...

Btw name 1 virus or worm for Mac OSX.


Name one for up-to-date Windows 7 machines.

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RE[2]: At least safer than
by brichpmr on Sat 25th Jun 2011 19:32 in reply to "RE: At least safer than "
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

No OS is adequately secure, and that includes Windows 7.

Edited 2011-06-25 19:33 UTC

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RE[2]: At least safer than
by Jennimc on Sat 25th Jun 2011 23:32 in reply to "RE: At least safer than "
Jennimc Member since:
2011-06-22

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RE: At least safer than
by pantheraleo on Sat 25th Jun 2011 20:37 in reply to "At least safer than "
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

Btw name 1 virus or worm for Mac OSX.


- OSX.Leap.A (Worm that propegated through iChat)

- Exploit.Evilgrade.A (tricked OS X into downloading fake updates, which were trojaned).

- Worm.OSX.Tored.A (Worm that propegated through Mac network shares and through Apple Mail).

Those are three that I am aware of without even looking very hard. None of them achieved very wide spread infections because they could only propegate through Macs. And since Macs were not very popular yet when they were creagted, many infected Macs searched in vain trying to find another Mac that they could infect.

But I have now given you three examples of Worms on OS X).

Edited 2011-06-25 20:40 UTC

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RE[2]: At least safer than
by Alfman on Sat 25th Jun 2011 21:15 in reply to "RE: At least safer than "
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

pantheraleo,

"Those are three that I am aware of without even looking very hard. None of them achieved very wide spread infections because they could only propegate through Macs."


I always thought that the argument was (simply) that macs were less of a target for malware authors due to small market share.

However it never occurred to me to think that even when the mac os is targeted by viruses, those viruses will have more trouble than windows viruses in randomly finding more targets. The lack of targets would help retard mac virus propagation.

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RE[2]: At least safer than
by Jennimc on Sat 25th Jun 2011 23:41 in reply to "RE: At least safer than "
Jennimc Member since:
2011-06-22

[q]Btw name 1 virus or worm for Mac OSX.


- OSX.Leap.A (Worm that propegated through iChat)


Sorry, Leap.A was at best (worst?) Malware. (not a worm or virus)


- Exploit.Evilgrade.A (tricked OS X into downloading fake updates, which were trojaned).


This exploit toolkit was a low threat-level multiplatform exploit tool that allows it to take advantage of poor upgrade implementations by injecting fake updates. (not a worm or virus)

- OSX.Leap.A (Worm that propegated through iChat)


Sorry, Leap.A was at best (worst?) Malware. (not a worm or virus)


- Worm.OSX.Tored.A (Worm that propegated through Mac network shares and through Apple Mail).


This is the only example where you have a point and even this worm had flaws that made it highly unlikely to be seen in the wild.

Edited 2011-06-25 23:45 UTC

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