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Mac OSX at risk Security problems found


redsnappa 18 2.8k United Kingdom
13 Feb 2004 1:30PM
A security update is available for Mac OSX found since the original release) and is posted right now on the homepage of apple.com

It's not just pc that need patching Apple Macs do also and they also keep quiet about their security holes in order to perpetuate the secure & stable Mac myth. )
amaryllis 17 120
13 Feb 2004 2:05PM
Ignore this trolling, mac owners...!! it is just an attempt to start the boring mac/windows war again and is, incidentally, not true...!!


phil
Andy80F 18 328 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2004 2:40PM
There was a security update on 26/01/04, they are not uncommon and perhaps only to be expected as new programmes etc come along. However there is a difference in the tinkering updates to which both Apple and MS regularly put out and the "critical" security warning recently put out by MS and described as "one of the most serious Microsoft vulnerabilities ever released" on an computer news page.

The last substantive security allert put out by Apple was regarding MS Explorer "Internet Explorer 5.2.2 resolves potential security vulnerabilities in previous versions of Internet Explorer 5. This includes vulnerabilities with the validation of the digital certificate chains which may have compromised the security of the computer."

While Apple users have little to fear at the moment this is probably more to do with MS being a bigger target for the brighter hackers out there. Apple users using OSX and browsing using Safari can for the moment sit smugly by and watch but only in the hope that MS Windows users, and high profile agencies such as the FBI (who recently commented on Apple computers OSX security benefits) dont cotton on to the benefits on Macs and switvch in enough numbers to make us a feasable target for computer terrorism.
amaryllis 17 120
13 Feb 2004 3:06PM
Thanks for the clarification Andy.....whilst hopefully not smug, using Safari in preference to IE and Mail in preference to Outlook/Entourage, we are indeed safe for the meantime....my only hope is that windows users do not desert the wintel universe in large numbers otherwise the hacking fraternity might seek a new target...

phil
deviant 17 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2004 3:32PM
Hacking is complex and time consuming hence only windows or Unix is considered worth the effort (except by script kids). Tends to why MAC is less troubled. Also Mac control the hardware AND the software platform and as such can right more robust and stable software. Windows has to work with thousands of hardware vendors, an often overlooked ability of Windows which is a lot harder than it looks.

Not one to flame any OS as I support many of them and like cameras they are all tools for various different jobs
shooter 19 105 Canada
14 Feb 2004 3:33AM
Er, Mac OS X is UNIX. Perhaps with a different inerface and a lot easier to use, to say the minimum, but there is UNIX inside.
lightweaver 18 481
14 Feb 2004 8:59AM
what do you think the computer of choice is for the hacker of today? PC or Mac? could be interesting to see if most use Macs, which might explain why most hacks are set against Windows.

(Of course it may have a little something to do with Bill Gates & Microsoft instead!)

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