Re: Lack of Mac Malware baffles experts
- From: Derek Currie <derekcurrie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 18:04:09 -0400
"jerryeveretts" <ifreeley@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I can't point to a specific Mac that has been compromised...
That's because no one can. Never happened.
sure did patch more than a couple of flaws which would allow a Mac to
be compromised remotely. The details are here.
Oh yeah! This latest security update was the biggest in Apple
history, hands down.
"Impact: A remote attacker can destroy established trust between SSH
hosts by causing SSH Keys to be regenerated"
"Impact: Remote attackers may cause a denial of service during SSL
"Impact: Remote attackers may be able to access Server Manager without
"Impact: A remote attacker can conduct cross-site scripting attacks
These quotes are directly from Apple.
Keep quoting away Jerry. That's fine with me. I completely agree.
There is this myth that some dopey human on the planet once said
that Mac OS X had perfect security. I read that myth weekly. If
anyone said it they were a total security newbie. Every operating
system every made has had security vulnerabilities, including
just this past week OpenBSD which is well known as the single
safest OS available (as long as you are willing to put up with a
CLI, which I most definitely am not).
Conclusion: There is no perfect operating system. Programming
methods in our day and age still suck. No single human being is
capable of understanding anything as complicated as an operating
system. Thus there will always be problems.
However, Mac OS X remains malware free despite the FUD assaults
from the fraudulent 'experts'.
(Clue: bafflement = 'my psychiatrist put me on lithium because my
subconscious mind couldn't accept the fact that Mac OS X is a
profoundly safer OS than Windows').
Fortune Magazine 11-29-05: What's your computer setup today?
Frederick Brooks: I happily use a Macintosh. It's not been
equalled for ease of use, and I want my computer to be a tool,
not a challenge.
[Frederick Brooks is the author of 'The Mythical Man Month'.
He spearheaded the movement to modernize computer software
engineering in 1975.]
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