Apple deserves credit for jumping to the challenge when its security came under attack last month: at patch was released with in one week.
But the story didn't end there. On Monday Apple released another patch that addresses the very same problems that were supposedly fixed two weeks ago.
And a first in the company's recent history, OS X architect Bud Tribble actually went out and spoke to the press about Apple's security record.
But his message if anything shows that Apple either doesn't understand the enterprise market, or doesn't want to address it.
If you're managing a corporate computer network, you want to be able to plan and prioritize. That's why Microsoft issues its patches on a monthly release cycle and has severity ratings allowing system administrators to determine which patches they should test and apply first.
But severity ratings won't happen for OS X, said Bud Tribble.
"We don't, for example, say that these two are "critical" and the other ones are not critical. We don't do that, because we recommend that if we put out fixes in a security update, that you install them all. That's why we put them there."
And neither will a monthly update cycle:
"We issue [patches] as they are needed. We don't have a fixed schedule, say a monthly specific update. We actually are driven by making sure that the issues we find are addressed in a timely manner. We realize that certainly some IT managers desire a fixed schedule, but we think that the majority of our users are served by us getting the fixes out in a timely manner, when it makes sense."
On the second page, the story turns into a teflon interview (whatever you throw at him, nothing sticks), with Tribble dodging all the questions with generic, non-descriptive answers that fail to address the actual question. This guy has had his media training.
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