Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Feb 2006 13:05 UTC
Mac OS X The weak point in Apple's Mac OS X operating system is apparently worse than originally thought. In addition to attacks via the Safari web browser, Apple Mail also executes scripts without asking in certain circumstances. It suffices to disguise a script with the ending "jpg" and assign the Terminal application for opening it. If this script is then sent in the AppleDouble format as an attachment, the information is passed along so that the recipient's system also opens it with the Terminal. Apple Mail displays the attachment with a JPG file symbol, but when users click on it, the script executes within Terminal without further prompting. Update: Heise is right.
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Mac head
by Deviate_X on Wed 22nd Feb 2006 13:48 UTC
Deviate_X
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2005-07-11

i remember some mac head claiming that apples were practically involnerable, events of the the last few days have proved this point of view to be very wrong

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RE: Mac head
by Kroc on Wed 22nd Feb 2006 14:12 in reply to "Mac head"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

He said _practically_ invulnerable. He's still correct. OSX is significantly stronger than Windows for security, so how come the existance of one virus for it, now negates the millions and millions of viruses for Windows? This is making mountains out of mole hills.

Now if you want invulnerable, try OpenBSD ;) "Only one remote hole in the default install, in more than 8 years."

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RE[2]: Mac head
by sandorfal on Wed 22nd Feb 2006 16:03 in reply to "RE: Mac head"
sandorfal Member since:
2006-02-22

The difference between Windows and OSX for me:
Before switching from Windows to OSX, I spend more than 60% of my time with my PC to do maintenance, cleanup, restore, backup, update, etc... so not much time really using it for what I wanted to.
Now 100% of the time with my mac is used for just using my computer.
This is important because no stress during my spare time is a great improvement in my life (and my game WoW now does not stop every 5 seconds because of bad memory handling ;-)

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