Security Holes

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wrldwzrd89, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Windows Vista
    3 vulnerabilities, 2 unpatched.
    Most serious (unpatched): Less critical
    Oldest (unpatched): 2006-12-22

    Windows XP
    178 vulnerabilities, 33 unpatched
    Most serious (unpatched): Highly critical
    Oldest (unpatched): 2002-09-18

    Mac OS X
    100 vulnerabilities, 7 unpatched
    Most serious (unpatched): Moderately critical
    Oldest (unpatched): 2006-11-22

    All data from Secunia. Make of this what you will.

    My opinions:
    For being such a young OS, Windows Vista is faring surprisingly well in terms of security.
    Windows XP, as usual, suffers from numerous security holes, many of which Microsoft never bothered to patch.
    Mac OS X is clearly better than Windows XP when it comes to security, but can't beat Windows Vista. Apple has done a good job of patching the worst security holes, but Apple definitely has room for improvement on this matter.
     
  2. crees! macrumors 68000

    crees!

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  3. Queso macrumors G4

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    I'd like to see these vulnerability numbers broken down further. There's a huge difference between a local privilege escalation vuln. and a buffer overflow that allows remote code execution. How many of each have OSX or XP suffered from?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Mac OS X
    Of the 7 unpatched security holes, 6 concern local privelege escalation and/or DoS (Denial of Service). The other 1 could be used to gain unauthorized access to a Mac OS X system.

    Here's a graph: Mac OS X Vulnerability type comparison (all vulnerabilities)

    Windows XP
    Windows XP Home Edition Vulnerability type comparison (all vulnerabilities)
    Windows XP Professional Edition Vulnerability type comparison (all vulnerabilities)

    Windows Vista
    Windows Vista Vulnerability type comparison (all vulnerabilities)
     
  5. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    All complex software is going to have vulnerabilities. The biggest advantage of OS X is that nobody (that we know about...) seems to be actively exploiting them like in the Windows world. Of course, the inherent advantages of Unix-style security also help.

    As for Vista: It's time will come. It's brand spanking new, it'll take a while for people to pick holes in it, and longer still for us to find out about them. Some of the worst vulnerabilities in software are often exploited for years before they come to anyones attention - that's just the way it is.
     

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