Just yesterday we learned of the iPhone’s security issues, and today another Apple security flaw has been outed. According to a hacker there’s a simple weakness in OS X that can give a malicious coder complete control of a Mac.
This, indeed, sounds like scary stuff. But it carries extra weight because Macs are traditionally imagined to be more immune to viruses and hacks than PCs–it’s one big part of the Macs vs PCs fight. Apple even parodies this in its Microsoft-bashing ad campaign. In reality, of course, nearly every computer of every type, irrespective of its OS, is open to attack unless it employs an air-gap firewall–if it’s not connected to anything else over any sort of network…even then it’s still possible to snoop on the machine using other methods.
Mac users perception that their machines are virus proof is at odds with reality, and is borne of the fact that Macs had such a small market share that they weren’t often targeted by hackers. But as Zovi’s work demonstrates–your Mac is vulnerable too. Lets hope Apple reacts swiftly to this with a patch.