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Old 28th November 2009, 02:04 AM   #111
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We will undoubtedly have more, but i doubt it will be as bad as Windows.

Windows was written as it was a grass shack in Fiji (you mean there are supposed to be doors & windows in those holes in the walls? What's a lock?)

UNIX was written from the get go, with doors & windows, locks & bars. Open Source underpinnings mean the code gets poured over for holes... which are quickly fixed quite quickly.

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I'm not sure I agree with this. Alot of the vulnerabilites are actually apps and not OS, and no one spends as much time or money in plugging the holes as MS does. I used to be a security analyst, and its quite surprising how many holes are out there in linux land, but no one writes exploits, Im sure its the same for MAC. Their day will probably come if it becomes the prevalent OS. Some how I tend to find a lot of MAC users fanatical MS bashers and have never experienced anything bad about their MAC.
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Old 28th November 2009, 03:14 AM   #112
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Some how I tend to find a lot of MAC users fanatical MS bashers and have never experienced anything bad about their MAC.
I mostly gave up on that, i'm a whoos compared to exWindows users now using Macs.

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I used to be a security analyst, and its quite surprising how many holes are out there in linux land, but no one writes exploits, Im sure its the same for MAC.
The iPhone has the potential to become quite a botnet:
BBC News - New iPhone worm can act like botnet say experts

I think the serious crackers are focusing their efforts on the new generation of phones coming out, especially when they're dropping announcements challenging them like "...our system is secure from hackers..." like Apple did on a CBC interview

I've had quite a few sites try and "r00t" me with browser exploits (there was one Chinese electronics site that was cracked and dropped different code for Windows, Mac and linux, depending on the detected OS), but so far none has been able to do anything but drop php code in my /tmp folder, which I have cron wipe daily anyhoo.

Linux is very secure because even if there is a hole, most of the users aren't careless about it and package updates are crazy fast.

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