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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Blitzer, Jun 13, 2007.
Fact or Fiction?
Read the Feedback postings. Running Windows on a MAC makes it vulnerable!
Everything has vulnerabilities.
Windows has some. Mac has some. Windows on Mac creates add'l opportunities, and the same will be true if we start running OS X on Windows also.
I think the time is coming soon where Apple will need to get serious about a 'security culture' - their stuff has been so much better that they've been able to sit smugly above the fray, but as Windows improves, we'll see more attacks on Macs, perhaps including ones that intentionally work via Parallels.
One significant problem right now for Mac folk is choosing good software - there's so little call for anti-malware on the Mac, and so few real-world threats to test against, that it's hard to establish who's doing a good job, and who has crappy software...
I would have to say that running Windows on a Mac, that is running the Microsoft Windows Operating System on an Apple Macintosh computer's hardware, would have no more or less vulnerabilities than if you ran the same software on a Dell PC.
Now, if you're talking about running Windows in a virtual machine on top of Mac OS X, then it would technically be true that you have more vulnerabilities to worry about. But that is a bit misleading. Any vulnerabilities in Windows will generally only affect the virtual machine it is running on and not get back into the host operating system.
Running programs in virtual machines is actually a really good security practice for isolating applications prone to intrusion.
By the way, do you have a link to that article?
That's historically true, but the clever folks at Parallels give the option in the latest versions of giving the guest OS (Windows) quite a bit of access to user folders in Mac OSX.
It's super-convenient, and allows copying and drag-and-drop, and easy access to all of your user folders from Windows dialog boxes, but it is at least a potential security risk.
I know of no real-world exploits, or even proof-of-concept on this, though, so it's all speculative.