Posted by: David Harley | March 11, 2015

OS X and iOS the most vulnerable operating systems?

There’s a recent article from me for ESET on OS X and iOS, and the assertion that they’re the most vulnerable operating systems: Operating System Vulnerabilities, Exploits and Insecurity.

The assertion was made by Cristian Florian in an article for GFI’s on the Most vulnerable operating systems and applications in 2014, based on data from the National Vulnerability Database.

I wouldn’t say it was completely wrong, but I do think it’s misleading. And I discuss the reasons why in some detail in the ESET blog.

Top marks for pedantry to Charles Schloss (@chasapple) who pointed out, quite correctly, that OS X is now described simply as OS X, not as Mac OS X (it has been since the release of Mountain Lion), implying that there were no patches last year.


David Harley
Small Blue-Green World


  1. I think, that is not more than panic 🙂 Apple says that no antivirus program ist needed, so they removed all apps on iOS:

    • But your review page is about OS X, not iOS. It’s a bit misleading, too.

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