It's no longer a question if there are security vulnerabilities in Apple's OS X, the real question is how nasty it will get once people start exploiting them, a story over on SecurityFocus warns.
As a result of its closely guarded product launches, Apple has a proven track record of releasing products that could and should have received more testing.
Apple furthermore is likely to be hit harder because it hasn't been hit in a long time. At least Microsoft by now has procedures in place to deal with security vulnerabilities.
"The reality is that security work comes from a trial by fire," Dan Kaminsky, an independent consultant for Doxpara Research, told Security Focus. "And Apple really has not had that experience. It had not had the experience from some 20 years that Unix had and that Linux has absorbed. It has not had the experience that Microsoft had with its summer of worms."
It's a scary thought: what will happen when the highly professionalised army of spyware and worm authors shift their attention to Apple?
According to some security researchers, 2006 is the year that we will find out.
PS: If you still want to argue that OS X doesn’t have security holes, you haven't been looking at the security updates that the company has been publishing. Then you're probably also ignoring the fact that OS X last year logged more security vulnerabilities than Windows XP.
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