Thursday, February 09, 2006

"This is almost certainly the year of the OS X exploit."

Saying that 2006 will be the year of OS X exploit seems a little wide of the mark. Ok so Mac OS X isn't 100% secure but is there a modern GUI-based OS that is? Let's not beat about the bush here this is the DECADE of the Windows exploit. For once we have a situation where Windows is ahead of OS X. Spyware and Viruses have been a 'feature' of Windows since the early days of the internet.

A key point that is mentioned in this article is that OS X has inherent security from the ground up that doesn't exist in Windows. Windows runs as administrator by default and all rights are granted to the user without the need to enter an admin password. Being UNIX based OS X always requires a password for a user to install any new applications. Also Microsoft really screwed up with ActiveX allowing it far too many rights and hence opening holes which hackers could use. OS X does not support ActiveX. Finally, Windows is a clear market leader and as such there are more hackers with Windows PCs, hence there are more viruses and hacks for Windows. That will change as OS X gains market share.

"This is almost certainly the year of the OS X exploit." - I remain a sceptic.

Apple Security Issues May Surface Soon - The Mac Observer

7 Comments:

At 10:58 am, Blogger James said...

Fortunately I think only geeks know that there are no viruses for OSX . . . so when the very first one does surface, as it surely will, for most people it will be a bit of a non event. It will be interesting to see just how long Apple can keep it clean for, sometime after the release of Vista would be nice.

 
At 1:56 pm, Blogger Paul said...

I think Apple should be doing more to capitalize on the security advantage they hold right now. Unprotected windows machines are so loaded with viruses and spyware it's scarry!

 
At 9:27 pm, Blogger James said...

Where’s Google OS . . . or was it all just Vapor?

 
At 11:14 pm, Blogger Paul said...

A linux disti experiment. Google use a lot of smoke a mirrors. They're a search engine giant who's looking for more meaning in life.

 
At 5:57 am, Blogger James said...

Ha, now you sound like Rose!

But yes, I agree.

 
At 1:46 pm, Blogger M Burland said...

If Apple starts to sell a ton of Macs, trust me, this will be the year of the exploit.

There are some concerns that some of the older linux code in MacOS is VERY wide open. We'll just have to wait and see.

Most viruses today are more to do with money and advertising that malicious events.

 
At 3:23 pm, Blogger Paul said...

Get behind a router & listen to Security Now!

Job done.

 

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