A machine's CPU architecture has no bearing upon its susceptibility to viruses. It's primarily the operating system that's vulnerable (though it's theoretically possible for a machine to get infected through applets such as Java and/or Flash - never seen one though...).madtodaimax said:One of the biggest reasons for making the switch was the idea that there really arent any viruses for the osx. how does switching to intel affect this, if at all?
And that would be a trojan that relies on user stupidity, not a virus. NO platform is immune from a dumb user. That's what we call a PEBKAC problem.semaja2 said:well its quite simple, just trick a user after downloading a crack to install the crack which piggy backs malware which would mean the install needs the root password, after that is given that machine is infected
Technically, that's a trojan, not a virus.semaja2 said:well its quite simple, just trick a user after downloading a crack to install the crack which piggy backs malware which would mean the install needs the root password, after that is given that machine is infected
I know, but many switchers or those considering it still don't understand it all. As long as you've got some that start misinforming them, they become confused and disorientated.kainjow said:*sigh* let's discuss this again for the 10-billionth time...
they're actually due to ancillary programs (except for internet explorer), user "stupidity", and that ms is a large multinational corporation that crackers like to target, and windows has an extremely large user-base world wideMUCKYFINGERS said:The vast majority of PC virus vulnerability is due to a poorly coded, bad operating system on Microsoft's part, and not the architecture on which the machine and operating system is run on.
The processor build manufacture has no bearing as mentioned above on susceptibility of virus infection.madtodaimax said:One of the biggest reasons for making the switch was the idea that there really arent any viruses for the osx. how does switching to intel affect this, if at all?
No truer words have been spoken when the topic is computer viruses. A secure operating system goes a long way. Apple has that. The hardware really isn't the issue. Again, the user is the toughest variable to control.Cless said:NO platform is immune from a dumb user.
that's not quite correct because there are certain vulnerabilities in either os x or ancillary applications, which if unpatched, allow execution of arbitrary code and subsequently root access.semaja2 said:the base reason on why macosx is secure is cuz unix was designed around multi user and to have only one admin account, where as windows wasnt designed to be multiuser when it came out, and to date every user account is a admin well they have limited users but there crap and cant even run microsoft software.
macosx - user is infecteted by virus, unless he give the admin account it will only affect his account
windows - user is infected by virus, his account has full access over the system, virus spreads through the pc and spreads accross the network... etc
PS windows also does have bad coding but macosx could have bad coding, but once again most services dont run as root and have very very limited user accounts
jhu said:that's not quite correct because there are certain vulnerabilities in either os x or ancillary applications, which if unpatched, allow execution of arbitrary code and subsequently root access.
MacOS X 10 is secure by design. There are zero (0) MacOS X viruses. Marketshare has virtually nothing to do with it. If MacOS X increases its marketshare, its design will not change (except for normal evolution). In that event, expect no increase in viruses.TrenchMouth said:....
As an aside, the switch to Intel may propt the creation of more viruses for Mac OS X if it also correlates to an increase in user base. Viruses are vanity programs, and you can't achieve much fame affecting only 5% of the market (accept of course to say that you created the only bad virus on the Mac platform... )
nevermind that most of those "viruses" are actually trojans that require the user to download and execute the program. current "virus" writers are using their skills for profit (quite a bit work for overseas criminal organizations) and not prestige or infamy: obtaining passwords, account information, zombifying machines for ddos extortion, etc. now, as a money-grubbing cracker, do you go for the 5% of users (non-windows) or the other 95% (windows)?MisterMe said:MacOS X 10 is secure by design. There are zero (0) MacOS X viruses. Marketshare has virtually nothing to do with it. If MacOS X increases its marketshare, its design will not change (except for normal evolution). In that event, expect no increase in viruses.
You have a fairly bizarre notion of how to get publicity. Take a look at SARC. On Wednesday, January 18, 2006, SARC discovered five (5) new Windows viruses. On Thursday, it discovered one (1) new Windows virus; on Friday, two (2). Do you honestly believe that a virus writer would have received more publicity for developing the third Windows virus on Friday than he would have received for developing the first MacOS X virus ever?
The market share theory doesn't work. Mac OS X has no viruses, only Mac OS 9 and earlier.yankeefan24 said:there are some virus' for mac (supposedly, i never had one or expect to get one), but not nearly as many as for windows. About 1/1,000 of as many. you should be fine. not enough major companies use macs for people to want to hack into them. the armys is too secure for people to try hacking in, and macs don't have enough market share for personal reasons.
powerpc and x86 implement stacks slightly differently (i think in the direction they grow). however, i don't know if 32-bit implementations of powerpc have the no-execute bit. the ppc970 does. additionally, i don't know if darwin supports no-execute either in hardware or software emulation.Mechcozmo said:Before this degenerates into a flame war:
-OS X running on Intel for the most part will not suffer any security issues (explained below)
-A system is about as secure as the user
-OS X does have security flaws. Why else are there security updates released for it? However, they tend to be harder to exploit in the ways that they require physical access OR they require the user to do something stupid.
-See these articles: Linkety #1 Linkety #2 Linkety #3 Linkety #4 (Press Release)
-Windows can be made secure, but not as secure as OS X. Firefox, etc. helps but OS X is inherently more secure.
About Intel CPUs...
This is rather confusing, and I'm sorry if I don't explain it too well. The processor stores data to be executed in a 'stack'. This stack is run through, code is run, results returned, etc. A common way to attack a computer system is to overflow a buffer in the computer's memory, which lets you then rewrite parts of the stack to do YOUR code.
This mostly relies on you being able to break the code and have buffer overflows.
PowerPC CPUs are better-designed in the way the you call to the stack vs. the x86 CPUs to prevent against this.
In theory, this means Macs are now more susceptible.
In practice, IT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING SO DON'T GET LACERO's PANTIES IN A BUNCH!