toggle

AAPL Stock: 100.75 ( + 0.64 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Columnist highlights Mac security flaw

updated 07:10 pm EST, Thu December 11, 2003

Columnist on Mac security

PC Magazine columnist Lance Ulanoff has published an article on the of the Mac platform. "I know this is wrong, but in one respect I was happy to learn earlier this month about the discovery of a significant security hole in the Jaguar and Panther versions of the Apple operating system," says Ulanoff. Mr. Ulanoff says he was tired of the "Mac don't get attacked by viruses and hackers" sentiment of "Mac nuts." The security hole, as described by Carrel.org: "A series of seemingly innocuous default settings can cause an affected Mac OS X machine to trust a malicious machine on a network for user, group, and volume mounting settings."




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    LOSER

    ¡Qué Lastima!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    groan...

    "Mr. Ulanoff says he was tired of the 'Mac don't get attacked by viruses and hackers' sentiment of 'Mac nuts.'"

    just because he was "tired" of the talk doesn't make it any less true. maybe if microsoft wasn't an 800-lb. gorilla, willing to piss off every hacker and such in the community while hiding behind a screen-door security system, maybe they wouldn't attack them so much.

    but it is, Mr. Ulanoff, so they do.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ridiculous

    He doesn't back up his assertions. By citing one security issue, he "proves" that Mac OS X is just as insecure as Windows. Countless experts have debunked this assertion. There are even challenges to "hack" Darwin (the core of the commercial OS). Everyone should take this article with a grain of salt because it's based primarily on opinion, not fact.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Brain dead

    What a joke! The fact that he can actually get worked up over someone *identifying* a vulnerability on OS X tells it all. I'd like for him to spill the beans on when someone actually was successful in spreading a damaging virus on a Mac. How many years has it been?

    The too-small-target argument is hogwash, too. How many millions of machines does a target make? Of course, he also ignores the argument that, in theory, Mac zealots would make especially juicy targets because we so boastful about how difficult it is to hack our machines. He forgot about that angle, I guess.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Check MacObserver

    Bryan Chaffin over at MacObserver does a nice job of taking this column apart (http://www.macobserver.com/columns/thebackpage/2003/20031211.shtml). It's a fun read.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Where's the beef?

    The writer makes big assertions yet doesn't offer any emirical evidence. It's kind of like me stating that the US never landed on moon. Here's the proof - www.lunaranomalies.com
    But at least the URL I provides actually loads.
    Carl Sagan said it best...
    "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence".

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Pointless & misleading

    Why do so many PC-users have a chip on their shoulder when it comes Windows and security problems? Why are they so eager to claim that Macs would be almost as bad if they had as great a market share as Windows? Are they trying to rationalize away having made the wrong decision? Let's face it, Mr. Ulanoff hasn't made very good arguments. While it is of course true that no modern operating system is 100% secure, some or more secure than others, and OS X, even with its smaller user-base, is obviously more secure than Windows. Why, even Microsoft admits that Windows has security problems. Some of Windows' code is so flawed that, according to one Microsoft high-level executive (Jim Alchin) it cannot be safely disclosed!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Reply says it all

    http://macobserver.com/columns/thebackpage/2003/20031211.shtml

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Plugged Holes?

    Sheesh, what a whiny article!

    He fails to mention that once OS X security holes were discovered, how quickly such holes were plugged by Apple!

    It takes Microsoft months (if ever) to plug security holes. Or they simply tell their users that it's all their fault. That's what I call customer care.. or... Customers? Who cares! We've got plenty more that'll never even notice!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Trolling for Hits

    This clown dragged out every anti-Mac slur he could find in an obvious attempt to drum up some hits.

    Good try, t***!

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Most Read

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...

Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can ...

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News