Unfortunately the report will mostly confirm Mac zealots' perception that the evil outside world is out to get OS X at all cost.
The whitepaper compares that increase in the number of reported vulnerabilities in both Windows and OS X and draws the conclusion that Apple vulnerabilities are up 228 per cent and Windows holes merely 73 per cent between 2003 and 2005.
But McAfee is playing number games. The percentage looks a lot less impressive if you consider the raw data: Windows went from 92 to 159 vulnerabilities, while Apple rose from 45 to 143. Why not correct for market share as well? The number of flaws per user for Apple after all is far greater than for Windows (it might not be a very relevant number however).
The timing for McAfee's publication soon becomes obvious. The company also has released a version of its anti-virus software for OS X for Intel systems.
Surely OS X is vulnerable to worm and trojan attacks, and the software has seen plenty of serious security vulnerabilities that could have been exploited. But playing number games won't convince any Mac users. Concrete evidence and genuine threats tend to have more power of persuasion.
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