OT: Microsoft is really annoying!

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Tue Apr 20 15:59:13 EDT 2010


I might agree, except that the recent bout of Apple security updates is due to a new flaw discovered that would allow complete control of a Mac system using a drive by browser exploit. And remember, we cannot use fully patched systems as a benchmark for "current vulnerabilities" as Microsoft could easily claim their system is almost 100% invulnerable using that standard. 

You might then argue that it wasn't the OS itself that was being exploited, but rather some piece of software running on the Mac. That will be poor fare for the person who is the next victim. The software that came on the Mac is for all practical purposes part and parcel with the OS. Virtually every process running on the Mac besides the kernel is "some piece of software". 

While I still maintain the Mac OS X to be the most stable and secure OS on the open market, I want to stop short of stating any absolutes, as there are a number of people who would take great joy in pointing out I was wrong about something. I mustn't ever give them that opportunity. On the rare occasions I have been "misguided" or "misquoted" I have done quite a good job at covering it up, and I want to preserve that reputation. ;-P

Bob


On Apr 16, 2010, at 10:14 AM, Bill Vlahos wrote:

> Not just "rare". There are no viruses for the Mac other than the old Microsoft Office viruses.
> 
> There are some other trojans for the Mac but they are rare and are not really found in the wild. Of course, those need the user's assistance to run as well.
> 
> One of the advantages of Sean Shao ssMacWindows is that he has made available a feature on the Mac that prevents key loggers. I've implemented it in the 1.1.x version of InfoWallet. I wish there was a similar feature for Windows. If anyone knows of an option for Windows please let me know.
> 
> Bill Vlahos
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> On Apr 16, 2010, at 5:24 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> 
>> Tempting as such a thought may be, consider that since most Win users smart enough to know they need anti-virus software have probably already done so, the more ripe opportunity would be to deploy viruses for OS X.  But such viruses remain rare, even proportionate to market share.
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