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"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town."

The battle between Microsoft and Apple in the computing market has raged on for decades. While Microsoft has a commanding lead in the operating system market with Windows, Apple isn't exactly backing down with OS X -- in fact, the Cupertino-based company continues to grab market share and a large portion of the $1,000+ computing market.

When Windows and OS X users get into arguments on the web, Windows users often point to OS X's tiny market share while OS X users point to how vulnerable Windows operating systems have been in the past to exploits. However, according to security guru Charlie Miller, OS X users should subscribe to the idea that "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".

Miller claims to have found no less than 20 zero-day exploits within OS X. Miller will present the exploits at CanSecWest next week in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Miller told Heise Security, "Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town."

"They sell lots of computers and nobody [shies away from] Apple computers because of a perceived lack of security," Miller added. "So in their minds, they don't have a security problem until it affects their bottom line, which hasn't been the case, yet"

OS X has made the news plenty of times over the past year for security holes. Last June, Apple finally fixed a Java exploit which went unpatched for nearly a year. In late August, Apple shipped Snow Leopard with a version of Flash that was susceptible to outside attacks.

Miller also took Apple to task last year saying that security protections in OS X weren't quite up to par with Windows 7. He noted, "It's harder to write exploits for Windows than the Mac, but all you see are Windows exploits. That's because if [the hacker] can hit 90% of the machines out there, that's all he's gonna do. It's not worth him nearly doubling his work just to get that last 10%."



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By crystal clear on 3/20/2010 1:11:37 PM , Rating: 2
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Miller claims to have found no less than 20 zero-day exploits within OS X. Miller will present the exploits at CanSecWest next week in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Ofcourse even after that he still recommends the Mac.

Read this-

If pressed to recommend an OS between Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X to an average user, Miller would still choose Mac OS X.
"I'd say that Macs are less secure for the reasons we've discussed here—lack of anti-exploitation technologies—but are more safe because there simply isn't much malware out there," concluded Miller.

"For now, I'd still recommend Macs for typical users as the odds of something targeting them are so low that they might go years without seeing any malware, even though if an attacker cared to target them it would be easier for them."

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/03/pwn2own-...





By afkrotch on 3/23/2010 1:32:00 AM , Rating: 2
And most of us on this tech site are hardly your "typical" users, so none of it needs to apply to majority of us.


By crystal clear on 3/27/2010 3:52:27 AM , Rating: 2
The very fact 10% of microsoft employees are using Apple products (refer to previous article on this subject) shows that typical users indeed include the so called most of us on this tech site.

By the way Microsoft is NOT a small start up company,so you can imagine what 10% translates into, in actual numbers.

I will not be surprised if one day Steve Ballmer confesses after he retires, that he used a MAC !.

The gap between the typical user & the most of us on this tech site is very narrow.


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