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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: Reader1!!!
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/19/2010 8:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
This is incorrect. Looks over their quarterly filings, even with the successful and highly profitable iPod and the iPhone, their biggest source of gross and net revenue is still the Mac.


RE: Reader1!!!
By retrospooty on 3/19/2010 10:45:15 PM , Rating: 2
revenue is NOT = to profit


RE: Reader1!!!
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/20/2010 1:27:50 AM , Rating: 2
I understand. Net profit from Mac sales makes up the bulk of their profits, believe it or not. iPod sales are actually down year-over-year, something that the Mac had always made more money than anyways. This surprise (OMG Apple isn't just an iPod company!) was a big reason for AAPL's insane run in 2006-2007. iPhone profit margins are the highest of any product that Apple sells, but for the time being the Mac's net profits are still higher. This can absolutely change when the iPhone starts selling more, maybe even this year, but for now that isn't the case. The iPad can also change things since they have only slightly smaller profit margins than the iPhone. Any cannibalization from low end Macbook sales will draw more net profit away from the Mac side of the fence.

In any case, to say that profit from the Mac doesn't matter is incorrect. Apple has three hugely profitable product lines at the moment, but their notebook business (and to a lesser extent their desktop business) still brings in the most money (net profit after gross revenue :) ).


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