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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:58 pm    Post subject: Apple's Mac OS X is less secure than Windows Reply with quote

I can't believe that someone took the time and effort to write this drivel.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/analysis/1590073/apple-mac-os-x-secure-windows
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dude, there's only one way to deal with this...

Fake Steve has been informed. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's by Nick Farrell...

As soon as I saw that...that was enough to not bother with reading on.

The guy is a born idiot.

Enough said.... Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Result.

http://www.fakesteve.net/2010/02/this-whole-bash-a-mac-to-drive-traffic-thing-is-getting-so-old.html

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of a waste of time to read, since he does not cite any specific instances. However, you guys may want to be on the lookout for Apple's system hardening guide for Snow Leopard (once it comes out) and certainly refer to the one for Leopard or other similar FreeBSD releases. There are, without a doubt, vulnerabilities built-in to the default configuration which attackers can exploit.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

digitalbow wrote:
A bit of a waste of time to read, since he does not cite any specific instances. However, you guys may want to be on the lookout for Apple's system hardening guide for Snow Leopard (once it comes out) and certainly refer to the one for Leopard or other similar FreeBSD releases. There are, without a doubt, vulnerabilities built-in to the default configuration which attackers can exploit.


Hardening yes...

vulnerabilities built in...no..

Vulnerabilities are never 'built in'; that implies they've been purposefully set in place.

Inadvertent oversights, misjudgments, or simply poor testing of some aspect of the code are the more likely culprits.

As I said earlier, Operating systems are fallible simply because human beings are fallible.

We all make mistakes.

Its lucky for us that Apple makes less mistakes than Windows...& that is the difference.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing that I can think of, Aqua: It took me a while to be alerted (thanks to the membership of this website) to the danger of using the admin account for the day-to-day running of my Mac. I had simply been using the machine with its default settings unchanged.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why does he not mention that Linux has both platforms beat, the users are security nuts for the most part and almost no vulnerabilities that really threaten the core system unless someone is dumb enough to have an account in root at all times.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
One thing that I can think of, Aqua: It took me a while to be alerted (thanks to the membership of this website) to the danger of using the admin account for the day-to-day running of my Mac. I had simply been using the machine with its default settings unchanged.


I must remember to take my own advice... Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dungeon92 wrote:
Why does he not mention that Linux has both platforms beat, the users are security nuts for the most part and almost no vulnerabilities that really threaten the core system unless someone is dumb enough to have an account in root at all times.


dungeon92 wrote:
Why does he not mention that Linux has both platforms beat, the users are security nuts for the most part and almost no vulnerabilities that really threaten the core system unless someone is dumb enough to have an account in root at all times.


Or dumb enough to use a version of Linux that Microsoft has gone into partnership with... Razz

Actually, there are Linux viruses out there running around in the wild.

Here is a list. Of course, its a list of the ones that are known....

The ones that you don't know about, are the ones that are still in the wild.

Trojans

Kaiten - Linux.Backdoor.Kaiten trojan horse

Rexob - Linux.Backdoor.Rexob trojan

Viruses

42
Arches
Alaeda - Virus.Linux.Alaeda
Bad Bunny - Perl.Badbunny
Binom - Linux/Binom
Bliss
Brundle
Bukowski
Caveat
Coin
Diesel - Virus.Linux.Diesel.962
Hasher
Kagob a - Virus.Linux.Kagob.a
Kagob b - Virus.Linux.Kagob.b
Lacrimae (aka Crimea)
MetaPHOR (also known as Simile)
Nuxbee - Virus.Linux.Nuxbee.1403
OSF.8759
PiLoT
Podloso - Linux.Podloso (The iPod virus)
Rike - Virus.Linux.Rike.1627
RST - Virus.Linux.RST (known for infecting Korean release of Mozilla Suite 1.7.6 and Thunderbird 1.0.2 in September 2005
Satyr - Virus.Linux.Satyr.a
Staog
Vit - Virus.Linux.Vit.4096
Winter - Virus.Linux.Winter.341
Winux (also known as Lindose and PEElf)
Wit virus
ZipWorm - Virus.Linux.ZipWorm

Worms

Adm - Net-Worm.Linux.Adm
Adore
Cheese - Net-Worm.Linux.Cheese
Devnull
Kork
Linux/Lion
Mighty - Net-Worm.Linux.Mighty
Millen - Linux.Millen.Worm
Ramen worm
Slapper
SSH Bruteforce

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware

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