Security technologies that have made Mac OS X secure for PowerPC remain same for Intel-based Macs

“The recent move by Apple Computer to begin shipping Macintosh computers that use microprocessors from Intel could open the door to more attacks against computers running the company’s OS X operating system, security experts warn,” Paul F. Roberts reports for eWeek. “The shift to Intel processors from the Motorola Power PC processors will make it easier to create software exploits for Macintosh systems, and could result in a steady stream of Mac exploits in years to come.”

“The change could put more pressure on Apple to build security features into OS X, according to interviews conducted by eWEEK,” Roberts reports. “Apple declined requests for interviews. In an e-mail statement, the company said that the security technologies and processes that have made Mac OS X secure for PowerPC remain the same for Intel-based Macs.”

Full article, in which Roberts dredges up “experts” from the likes of Symantec (big surprise) and others to talk their way around the statement ” the security technologies and processes that have made Mac OS X secure for PowerPC remain the same for Intel-based Macs” for three pages, here.

MacDailyNews Take: It is our contention that articles such as the one above are intended to confuse one very simple issue — that Apple Mac OS X users have had zero viruses in the over 5 years since Mac OS X debuted while Windows has been repeatedly decimated by viruses — in order, not to inform Mac users, but to confuse average computer buyers by implying that “Macs are or will be the same as Windows, so don’t bother with a Mac” and/or to sell crappy “security” software to Mac users who might not understand the situation fully.

Guess who picked the “story” right up and blogged it for CNET? That’s right, Munir Kotadia (ZDNet Australia publishes latest Mac OS X security FUD article – January 26, 2006).

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41 Comments

  1. Strangely written article that keeps setting up a certain scenario and then dispels the chances of it ever happening. It does seem as IOactive (quoted in the article) has more to lose if there is a defection from Windows to MAC, since they seem to be making a living off of the security woes that beleaguer MS users. BTW, Steve Wozniak (“The WoZ”) join IOactive’s Advisory Board in September ’04!

  2. Read this aloud to your IT staff: “Mac OS X users have had zero viruses in the over 5 years since Mac OS X debuted while Windows has been repeatedly decimated by viruses.”

    Expected reply? With fingers in ears and eyes shut, “LALALALALALALA – I CAN’T HEAR YOU!”

  3. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”mad” style=”border:0;” /> Apparently there are people writing in the business that are confusing the issue with why WIndows are getting viruses and why Macs are not. It’s not the processor that is getting the virus it’s the OS that is running the processor and that OS is Windows. On the other hand Mac OSX has never been proven to get a virus ever. Oh there are the FUD articles like this one that try and make it look like OSX is some how vunerable with these dumb theories but still no viruses. This does not have anything to do with the processor your running people. It’s the operating system that is running on the hardware that has the security or lack of security in Microsoft’s case that determines how vunerable your system is to viruses.

  4. “Specific Windows buffer overflow vulnerabilities depend on the rigid stack-order execution and limited page protection inherent in the x86 architecture.” —Paul Murphy

    The design of Intel chips is old and decrepit. PPC is a new, clean-sheet-of-paper design. Too bad IBM didn’t like all those super computers Apple was supplying.

  5. Right on, Ampar.

    You know,maybe there are aspects of the Intel chip that are of concern, but its such a small part of the story, like <1%. Its the OS, stupid.

    Now, do you REALLY want to be able to boot Windows on your mac?

  6. “Too bad IBM didn’t like all those super computers Apple was supplying.”

    And too bad they couldn’t ever make a PPC chip that didn’t also contribute to global warming…

  7. John: If you’re gonna use clear, simple logic, you’re just going to frighten them more!

    Arguing with a virus protection company is all about semantics.

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