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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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RE: $1000+ Computers
By Veerappan on 3/19/2010 3:52:20 PM , Rating: 2
TextNot that apple is any different but their customers don't build their own machines EVER.

*raises hand* I have a 13" macbook pro sitting next to me, and DIY tri-core Phenom II at home for a desktop (4GB DDR2, 640GB HD, Radeon 4770, dual-booting Win7 and Ubuntu), and my HTPC is also a home-built machine running Mythbuntu. Not everyone who buys a Mac is clueless about computers.

I bought my macbook because it was a reasonably nicely specced laptop for the price, and I wanted the BSD under-pinnings of the OS (my day job is spent in Solaris).

Let's try not to over-generalize solely for the sake of Mac-bashing. They're decent machines, they can run Windows, and the OS they come with is quite capable (even if Apple likes to simplify the GUI for the beginners among their customers).

RE: $1000+ Computers
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/19/2010 8:27:07 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. I have a 27" iMac (amazing display) with an i7 860 CPU as well as a 2008 Macbook Pro. Sitting next to it is my home-built PC with an i7-860, 285 GTX video card, a 256GB SSD, inside a Corsair Obsidian 800D case and outputting to an NEC 2490WUXi LCD.

The idea that Apple customers don't ever build their own machines is ludicrous. I've been building my own high power gaming PCs since 1997 but I've also been a very happy Apple customer since 2002. I'm pretty happy using both.

RE: $1000+ Computers
By Alexstarfire on 3/20/2010 11:06:53 PM , Rating: 3
I think he's saying that you can't really make a DIY Mac computer. Which is true.

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser

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