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Actually it's not quiet..


© December 2003 Tony Lawrence

Thu Dec 11 22:44:20 GMT 2003 Actually it's not quiet..

Link: Macs Are Not Invulnerable(link dead, sorry) (found on Slashdot).

How cocky are you feeling now, Mac elite? Hmm. Suddenly it's gotten pretty quiet around here.

Gawd.

First, the "major vulnerability" he crows about comes from trusting a LOCAL DNS SERVER. That is, a DNS server ON YOUR OWN LAN. Big whoop,because if you have a compromised DNS server on your lan, that's probably just the beginning of your problems.

Secondly, there's a BIG difference between XP and OS X: almost every XP machine I see runs with at least Power User privileges, and is often full Administrator. That's because if you aren't, XP is a major pain in the butt.

OS X, on the other hand, ASKS for an admin password any time it wants to install software or do anything else that would involve changing important files. It's EXTREMELY unlikely that you are going to install or otherwise change anything without noticing. Imagine clicking on an attachment and being asked for your administrator password - I think that would make most people pause. On XP, however, whatever that program wants to do is already pre-approved.

In short, that article is poppy-cock.


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"Secondly, there's a BIG difference between XP and OS X: almost every XP machine I see runs with at least Power User privileges, and is often full Administrator. That's because if you aren't, XP is a major pain in the butt."

The same can be said about Windows 2000. Microsoft, it would seem, doesn't understand the difference between a workstation and a server (which explains why their server software is so weak).

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