Friday, March 20, 2009

When Mac OS Fails

A conventional wisdom for IT people, especially those of my age, will be Unix or its derivatives are secure, while Windows is not.

That is why when Apple was pushing for OS X a few years ago, it kept on emphasizing its OS is of BSD-Unix variant, and therefore, more secure.

Things change fast, especially in IT. The most recent security test for browsers showed a fully patched OS X was hacked in seconds. (Relevant news here)

And guess what is the toughest combination of operating system + browser to hack?

  • Firefox + Windows
  • Chrome + Windows
The relevant news article is here. The authors didn't mention anything about browsers running under Linux or Solaris.

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