Vista Shows Better Security Than Mac OS X
That's the view of Max Caceres, director of product management at Boston based Core Security Technologies, which develops network penetration testing software called Core Impact. Caceres says that Microsoft Corp. uses more advanced security techniques in Windows Vista than Apple Inc. uses in its operating system. Mac OS X “is still a little immature in terms of security compared to Vista,” he contends.
— on paper, at least.
“On paper, Vista is more sound.” As an example, Caceres points to the way Vista handles memory management. Information stored in RAM, he says, is “randomized, making it more difficult to exploit.” That’s not the case with the Mac software, according to Caceres. But, he adds, Apple’s Unix roots, more frequent operating system release cycle and apparent indifference to backward compatibility make the Mac “well positioned to change its security model real quickly.” Plus, he notes, security threats are a market share issue. As long as Windows dominates the desktop, he predicts, it will attract most of the malware. Vista Shows Better Security Than ...
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