Originally Posted by MangoMan
OSX is just LINUX, I didn't know that Linux was so insecure!
Macintosh is UNIX based. There is a difference.
It's not so much Unix is insecure, in that Apple takes 6 months longer to patch simple vulnerabilities. Oracle patched the exploit back in February. Apple JUST patched it not even a few weeks ago.
Apple won't let Oracle patch Apple Java systems, so when Oracle rolled out the patch, hackers reverse engineered the patch to find the vulnerabilities in Java. To go further there are also other exploits that affect Mac through Microsoft Word... and I think there is another too..
It's because the Majority of Mac users are Security Liabilities.
1. Because they think they are invulnerable.
2. Because they don't run any real security other than what is supplied with OSX. (it's easy to bypass OSX's built in security which as been recently added. Flashback.S is undetectable by Mac's built in anti-malware)
3. They don't run Anti-virus software. (under the guise that it is unnecessary.)
The false sense of security that the majority of Mac users have combined with their ignorance on proper security implementation and policies lead them to be easily affected and manipulated through Social Engineering and simple operating system exploits.
To go further, Linux and Unix are pretty much self governing under the prospect that more eyes on code means that more holes are patched.... But that trust can be exploited as well. It's just no one has yet to be interested in it... maybe when Linux gets up to 6% OS Marketshare.. I don't know.
As I have always said: "Nothing is infallible."
A lock keeps honest people honest, but won't stop something that someone really wants. Be it for the notoriety, or to intentionally ruin your day. Anything can be hacked. Nothing is truly "Secure". Security is a misnomer as it's only secure until someone finds the next hole. Even eliminating the human factor in security, as long as a human patches and writes software... there will be holes, exceptions, exploits, and problems. No exceptions. No one is perfect.Edited by MediaRocker - 4/29/12 at 3:45am