BASTION OF SMUGNESS Apple has fallen below the low software security standards set by Microsoft according to a celebrated hacker.
While fanbois love to tout their belief in the superior security of their shiny toys, according to Marc Maiffret Apple's code standards have dropped below even those of that paragon of bug-infested software, Microsoft.
Unlike most technologically challenged Apple fanbois, Maiffret is more than qualified to comment on such matters.
The guy has quite a track record at embarrassing the Vole, having originally found the flaw in the firm's Windows operating system that was exploited by the Code Red worm. Since then he's used the time to set up an insecurity firm of his own and even appeared before the US Congress to give advice on IT security.
According to Maiffret it doesn't take long for talented coders to find holes in Apple's software at various hacking events. If Apple was taking security seriously, he said, then "they wouldn't claim to be more secure than Microsoft because they are very much not." That's a pretty damning critique considering the company to which Maiffret compares the cappuccino firm.
Those Apple faithful who like to point out that their toys are subject to fewer attacks are simply falling into the mistake of thinking that this is because of better security magically put into place by Steve Jobs and his minions. Maiffret says that is simply due to the fact that the market share of Mac OS X is tiny compared to that of Microsoft Windows, and he states the bleedin' obvious by calling the Apple community "ignorant".
Aside from bluntly speaking the truth, Maiffret attributes any security advantage that Mac OS X has over Windows to the BSD Unix codebase of its underlying operating system, saying that the fruit themed toymaker is simply taking advantage of "things that have been done for them".
To round things out he says that security prospects are "scarier with them [Apple]", as Jobs' Mob "market themselves as more secure than the PC". Given the ignorance of Apple fanbois everywhere and the growth of Mac OS X, it's highly likely that the security through obscurity approach that Apple has taken won't hold up for much longer.
In the meantime those ignorant fanbois can continue to make inaccurate statements about how their cult's software is more secure, while in reality, according to the bloke who shamed Microsoft in the past, if Apple's security was even as good as Microsoft's it would be an improvement. µ
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