“When it comes to security, Apple Computer’s report card reads like that of a gifted child: high marks for achievement, but needs to communicate better with others. In general, the Mac operating system has seen far fewer bugs than its Windows counterpart. But some say a recent vulnerability demonstrates that the notoriously tight-lipped company must communicate more openly on security issues and move more quickly when it comes to plugging holes,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News.
CNET’s sidebar “bottom line” states: “Apple has a strong security record, evidenced by its virtually virus-free record, but some say the company needs to be better about communicating with customers and security researchers.”
“‘I think there’s room for improvement with their response speed on problems with their own code,’ said Chris Adams, a Mac user and system administrator for San Diego’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies, a research center that’s played a part in training five Nobel Prize-winning scientists. ‘The general pattern is complete silence for months and then a terse announcement when the update is released.’ Adams said Apple has done a pretty good job of updating the operating system to fill holes found in various Unix components. But what is needed, Adams and others contend, is more dialogue about what the company is doing with regard to security,” Fried reports.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: “Virtually virus free?” If by “virtually,” CNET means “totally,” then we’re okay with it. There is no “almost” here. The number of Mac OS X viruses is zero. Maybe they’re still holding tightly to their hearts those handful of years-ago Mac OS Classic viruses?