Posted by: David Harley | February 26, 2014

A little more rain on Apple’s parade

[Maybe the tweet about security vultures sounded harsher than intended. Apart from the fact that I quite like vultures (at a distance), I’m as ‘guilty’ as anyone else when it comes to criticizing what I see as Apple’s mistakes. Apologies to Johannes and Kurt: hope they won’t take offence.]

I told you Apple isn’t having a good week: Johannes Ullrich of the Internet Storm Center claims that Apple’s security reputation is a myth, according to Andre Mayer for CBC News.

Apple’s reputation for software security a ‘myth’: expert

Well, if there are people out there who still believe that Macs and iGadgets can never have a security problem of any sort, I suppose you could call that a myth. If it means that Apple security is some kind of illusion or delusion, I can’t agree. Apple has made major contributions to the general raising of security standards built into operating systems in general by the efforts it makes to maintain the integrity of OS X and iOS. Does anyone really think that Microsoft and Apple don’t each keep a close eye on the other’s security initiatives? That doesn’t mean that neither company has ever made a mistake, or prioritized commercial advantage over the welfare of its users. That’s just the marketplace.

That said, Kurt Wismer believes that there are questions to be answered about the kind of coding practices that led to the goto fail mess: goto fail, do not pass go, do not collect your next paycheck. I can’t say I disagree with him.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

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