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pesos 03-19-2010 10:37 AM

Macs extremely vulnerable says Charlie Miller
 
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=17934

"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."

kkong72 03-19-2010 4:54 PM

Interesting stuff. All that may be true but his last statement sums up why mac's dont have problems like pc's.

"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%."

No matter what ill never go back to a pc, i love my mac

jimmy_z 03-19-2010 9:33 PM

x2 Nick.

Until Apple gets more of the marketshare they wont have any problems.

It takes these hacks a while to write code. As long as PC's hold the bulk of of the market there is very little reason for them to put the effort into spyware or viruses for OS software.

IMO everyone should keep buying PC's.....that Apple stuff stinks.;)

tsteeb 03-20-2010 12:41 AM

is seems like at my school (U of A), everyone and their brother has a mac, if a hacker were to put out a virus around finals time a ton of people would be in deep doo doo, myself included haha

wake77 03-20-2010 1:25 PM

Just got my MacBook yesterday (ordered it from the Apple Store on Wed after my PC died after less than two years). Love it, I mean it sucks, like Jim said, everyone keep buying PCs. I mean, I am so bummed that I did not have to install Norton or McAfee on the Mac or that it didn't come preinstalled with a bunch of crap that I will never use.

mammoth 03-22-2010 10:40 AM

Time will tell whether Miller's hacks require physical access to the machines or social engineering to get the hack started.

The market-share argument holds no water. Who really believes that there is no financial or ego based motivation to be the first with a real exploit?

scott_a 03-25-2010 12:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mammoth (Post 1564332)
The market-share argument holds no water. Who really believes that there is no financial or ego based motivation to be the first with a real exploit?

Quote:

"The problem Microsoft has is they have a big market share, said Vreugdenhil, the hacker who attacked IE. "I use Opera, but that's basically because it has a tiny market share and as far as I know, nobody is really interested in creating a drive-by download for opera. The web at the moment is pretty scary, actually."
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03..._2010_day_one/


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