Administrator Tarun Posted October 17, 2006 Administrator Share Posted October 17, 2006 With exploit code for an OS X vulnerability released recently and a compromised Australian university Mac server caught hosting malware in August, it may be time Apple admitted its platform is no more secure than any other. While Apple users laud their systems as unbreakable pillars of security in a dangerous world, unsusceptible to the malware attacks that make life on Windows so hazardous, the headlines keep coming. In August, the University of New South Wales was, no doubt, surprised to learn one of its Mac servers had been hijacked by baddies to host some malware disguised as a Microsoft patch. University system administrators interviewed by ZDNet Australia were puzzled -- the server was evidently running the latest version of OS X server. It turned out the miscreants gained entry through a vulnerability in the server's TikiWiki code, a third party package that has nothing to do with Apple. Still, OS X didn't somehow, magically, prevent the attack as some users seem to think it's capable of doing. Yes, it's true the average Mac user doesn't have to contend with the malware that plagues Windows-based computers. But Apple's marketing these days seems to suggest its computers are immune to attack (The advert is also available on YouTube). They're not, and it's dishonest for Apple to suggest otherwise. Source: ZDNet Au Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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